Moss Side mother in court charged with daughter's murder

Garthorne Close Kaiya Blake was found dead at the house on Thursday

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A mother from Manchester has appeared in court charged with the murder of her four-year-old daughter.

Chantelle Blake, 31, was arrested last Thursday when the body of her daughter Kaiya was found at their home in Garthorne Close, Moss Side.

A post-mortem examination failed to establish a cause of death and further tests are being carried out.

Ms Blake appeared at Manchester Crown Court where Judge Andrew Gilbart ordered her to reappear on 10 October.

A provisional date for her trial was set as 5 March.

Manchester City Council confirmed they had had contact with the family prior to the incident.

A spokesman said they were working closely with the independent Manchester Safeguarding Children's Board to establish the circumstances of the child's death.

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