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Devastated family of little girl who was murdered in Bolton park have paid tribute to her

The devastated family of a little girl who was murdered in Queen's Park in Bolton have paid tribute to her.

Shortly before 3pm on Sunday 22 March, police were called to Queen’s Park following reports that a young child had been stabbed.

Emergency services attended and found that a young girl had been attacked by a woman with a knife.

The girl has since been formally identified as 7-year-old Emily Jones, who sadly passed away a short while later despite the best efforts of her family and medical responders.

The 30-year-old woman arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder was assessed by specialist medical staff and detained under the Mental Health Act. She remains in a highly secure facility, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

Paying tribute to Emily, her parents said: “Emily was 7-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.

“Emily was never happier than when she was spending time with her family and friends, she was our own little social butterfly.

“Emily had a passion for the outdoors and loved to play any sport, even when she was wearing her pink sparkly dresses!!

“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.

“Thank you to everyone for their kind messages of support and for continuing to respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

This is absolutely devastating. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Emily's family and friends at this truly heartbreaking time.

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