Manchester

Girl, four, found dead and mother injured in Bury house

Lea Mount Drive in Bury, where a three-year-old girl was found dead
Image caption The girl's mother was found seriously injured

A four-year-old girl has been found dead and her mother with serious slash wounds to her wrists at a house in Greater Manchester.

Chloe Burke was found in a bedroom of her home on Lea Mount Drive, Bury, by police on Thursday evening.

Her mother Dawn Makin, who is in her 30s, was found unconscious beside her. She was taken to hospital where she remains critically ill.

Police have said they are not seeking anyone else over the death.

Detectives have not disclosed the nature of Chloe's injuries but a post-mortem investigation is due to be carried out.

'World fallen apart'

Chloe's father Michael Burke, 38, who is understood to have been separated from Ms Makin, and her step-brother Nathan laid flowers at the house on Friday.

Image caption Dawn Makin is in a critical condition in hospital

Mr Burke spoke briefly of his shock, saying his "world had fallen apart".

He said: "She was just your typical four-year-old girl.

"She had lots of curly hair and she loved Peppa Pig. She was a little bubbly thing. What more can you ask for? My world has fallen apart."

Chloe's step-brother Nathan said: "There was never a dull moment really with Chloe, she was such a nice girl and I don't understand why someone would hurt a four year old, or cause her any pain.

"There is no chance she [her mother] would hurt her."

Ms Makin's friend, Melissa Todd, described her as "the life and soul of a party", who "always picks everybody else up".

Ch Supt Jon Rush, Greater Manchester Police's divisional commander for Bury, said: "This is an absolutely devastating time for the family of Chloe and her mother and, while we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this, it is important that we find out for them exactly what happened.

"A team of detectives is working to find out what led up to this tragedy and specially trained officers are working closely with the family."

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