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Woman, 37, charged with MURDER after her 4-year-old daughter was found dead

Carly Harris, 37 has been charged with the murder of her 4-year-old daughter, Amelia-Brooke Harris by South Wales Police

South Wales Police attended the home of Ms Harris at around 22:10 on the June 8 2018 following an emergency call. It is currently believed that Amelia’s older brother rang a family friend saying she was dead.

It is believed that Amelia Harris aged just four drowned in the bath.

Police have sealed off the family home and the connecting street while they investigate the tragic death that took place on Friday.

Reports from eye witnesses and family members state that Carly had ‘lit a fire’ believing that it would ‘bring Amelia back to life’.

Carly, a single Mum, also has two other children was known by social services prior to this incident.

The property, located on Brithweunydd Road Trealaw, remains closed off with several police officers present and a mobile police station along with several police vehicles.

An officer at the scene told us that, “it’s tragic, all incidents like this hit us hard and it’s sad, very sad”

Members of the public have been seen attending the property to pay their respects, leaving flowers and teddy bears in memory of Amelia. It is apparent that some of these gifts have been left by children as shown within the photograph above.

The family released a heart warming tribute to Amelia earlier today saying:

On Friday night we tragically lost our baby girl Amelia Brooke Harris. A loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, niece and cousin.

Amelia was beautiful both inside and out - and was a fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl.

She was taken far too early from us and had her whole life ahead of her. Words cannot convey how we are feeling at this moment in time. We know our lives will never be the same again. The family at this time have requested privacy. We understand only too well that emotions are running high, but please be respectful on social media.

South Wales Police have said that they are supporting the family with specially-trained Family Liaison Officers.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said:

“South Wales Police has charged a 37 year-old woman with murder.

Carly Ann Harris, from Trealaw, was charged with murder in connection with the death of four year-old Amelia Brooke Harris, on Friday 8 June 2018.

Carly Ann Harris will appear at Merthyr Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, June 11 2018.”

Earlier on today, Detective Superintendent Richard Jones from the Major Crime Investigation Team said:

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends in what is a traumatic incident. I would like to thank them for speaking with us and assisting our investigation, at what is clearly a very difficult time.

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Pictured: Carly Ann Harris (Facebook Image)

10/06/2018  |  21:43  |  By: Shaun Ashford, SMA Media Group

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Pictured: Amelia Brooke Harris, aged 4

Carly Ann Harris, 37, is due to appear before Merthyr Magistrates Court on Monday June 11 2018 charged with murder.

How the story unfolded…

An eye witness stated that she received a telephone call from Amelia’s older brother and that when she arrived, Ms Harris was ‘talking about Jesus and all sorts of nonsense’ and was also said that she had the ‘crazy idea that fire’ would be able to revive her. She explained that Amelia’s older brother took her to the garden ‘where I could see a white blanket’ and continues to say that ‘Amelia was dead underneath it - I screamed for help and the neighbours dialled 999

South Wales Police attended the scene at around 10:20pm on Friday June 8 2018 along with colleagues from South Wales Fire and Rescue and the Welsh Ambulance Services. Tragically, Amelia aged 4, was declared dead at the scene.

Police closed part of Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw, while a crime scene was set up for forensic experts to arrive. After almost 24hrs, the scene reopened at 8:30pm on Saturday June 9 2018.

Local residents told us that they came out of their home to ‘smell something burning’ as the emergency services descended onto what is normally described as a ‘quiet street’.

Tributes have continued pouring in for Amelia who has been described as a loving, caring and bubbly girl with many writing down their memories. Local residents have also taken to social media to leave their tributes with one recalling Amelia ‘skipping down the road smiling’.

South Wales News Services will continue to provide updates as this tragic case develops.