A 36-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her daughter was found dead after falling from a house window.
The 22-month-old child, named as Amrita Kaur, and her mother, who has not been named, were found unconscious outside an address in Delamere Street at around 9.15am on Tuesday morning.
They were taken to hospital, where the child sadly died of her injuries, whilst her mother remains in a critical condition. Police have confirmed that a post-mortem found that the infant had died of injuries consistent with a fall.
It is believed that two neighbours found the pair in the back garden of the end terrace house and called paramedics to the scene. The paramedics then called police who broke down the front door as to gain access through the house.
Neighbours on the street, just off the busy Manchester Road, said they didn’t even know that anybody was living in the house until the bodies were carried out by paramedics.
20-year-old neighbour, Hamzah Rana, said: “I didn’t even know that anyone was living there until that morning. As far as I know about four or five months ago the occupants moved out and since then I thought the house was empty.
“I just heard a loud bang and looked out of my window and saw ambulance and police outside and they were breaking the door down.
“After that the paramedics were carrying a little girl out and about ten minutes later a woman in her mid-30s was carried into the ambulance.”
Mr Rana has lived on the street all his life and said the incident has shocked the local community. He added: “It is a shock; we are just a quiet street. Everybody is friendly here and we all get along so it is of course the first time that anything like this has happened.”
Noreen Haque, 35, lives in the house next door to the mother and said she was scared to be in her home at the moment.
“I didn’t really know her, I just said hello a couple of times,” she said.
“She moved in a few months ago, with her child and said she was moving with her husband but I never saw anyone.
“She told me she was from India and had been born in the UK and was not a strange lady, she just seemed normal.”
She added: “The whole incident has come as a big shock. I checked on my children last night while they were sleeping, it has scared me.”
Labour councillor for the Little Horton area, Cllr Sher Khan, has lived in the area all his life and said it was shock for the whole community.
“It is devastating news,” he said.
“I know everybody in this area and on this street but nobody really knew the woman, who seems to have moved in around three or four months ago.
“I only know what everybody else is saying but it is very shocking for the whole city.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, yet asked anybody who had any information to contact them on 101.