A woman responsible for the death of a seven-year-old girl in Bolton has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
The youngster was stabbed in Queen's Park on Sunday afternoon in what appeared to be a random attack, tragically succumbing to her injuries "a short while later".
A thirty-year-old female was arrested at the scene after being apprehended by a member of the public.
Greater Manchester Police have now released a statement via Twitter.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson commented: “The woman arrested yesterday (Sunday 22 March 2020) at the scene of the attack on the little girl in Bolton has now been detained under the Mental Health Act.
“We have informed the family of the woman’s detention. They are understandably distraught over what happened yesterday and we will continue to support them with family liaison officers in the coming months.
The statement continues: “Having seen this horrendous attack, a member of the public bravely chased after the woman and detained her until police arrived and arrested her. I would like to thank him for his actions which enabled us to quickly arrest her and prevent anything else from happening.
“Several officers who attended the park were very young in service in the police, some with only weeks on independent police patrol. They and all the officers who went to the scene are incredibly upset over what has happened and all of us have this little girl and her family in our thoughts."
The investigation continues.