A woman in her thirties has been charged with the murder of a little girl who was stabbed to death in front of her family on Mother’s Day.
Eltiona Skana, 30, is accused of killing Emily Jones, 7, in a ‘random act of violence’ in Queen’s Park, Bolton, on Sunday, March 22.
Emily’s family have paid tribute to her as the ‘light of our lives’ and said she was ‘always full of joy, love and laughter.’
Skana, from Bolton, is charged with her murder and possession of a bladed article. Greater Manchester Police said she had been remanded in custody to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 26.
At the time of her death, Emily’s parents said: ‘Emily was seven-years-old, our only child and the light of our lives.
‘She was always full of joy, love and laughter.
‘Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile.’
They continued: ‘We are beyond devastated that this random act of violence means that we will never get to see our beautiful little girl grow up into the wonderful young lady she was showing such promise of becoming.
‘It is truly heart breaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened.
‘We would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in the park and express our gratitude to the emergency services for doing their upmost to save Emily’s life.’
They said Emily loved spending time with friends and family, the outdoors and playing sport.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police added: ’In the afternoon of Sunday 22 March 2020, police were called to Queen’s Park in Bolton following reports that a child had been stabbed.
‘Emergency services attended but sadly despite the best efforts of Emily’s family and medical responders, she passed away a short time later.’