Five-year-old who died with knife wounds in south London flat named by police

A murder investigation has been launched after a five-year-old girl died with knife wounds after an attack at a property in south London.

The Metropolitan Police said that, while formal identification is yet to take place, they are confident the victim is five-year-old Sayagi Sivanantham.

The force was called to a flat on Monarch Parade in Mitcham, south London, at around 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, following a report of two people injured.

Officers and paramedics attended the flat, where Sayagi and a 35-year-old woman were found inside suffering from knife wounds.

The five-year-old was taken by paramedics to hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The 35-year-old woman was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition, according to the force.

Officers remain in attendance at the hospital.

The Metropolitan Police said it is believed that all parties involved were known to each other and are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Justin Howick said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working very hard to fully understand what has happened.

“Whilst I know the effects of this incident will, understandably, shock and sadden the local community, please be reassured that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with Sayagi’s death and there is no cause for the community to be fearful or alarmed.

“I would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist our investigation.”

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