Woman charged with murder of seven-year-old girl in park

A woman has been charged with murdering a seven-year-old girl who died after being stabbed in a park on Mother’s Day.

Eltiona Skana is accused of killing Emily Jones in Bolton, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Bolton, has also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

On the afternoon of 22 March, police were called to Queen’s Park, a large park with a playground near Bolton city centre, following reports that a child had been stabbed.

A GMP statement said: “Emergency services attended but sadly despite the best efforts of Emily’s family and medical responders, she passed away a short time later.”

Skana has been remanded in custody and she is due to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 26 May.