Mum’s agony over 14-month-old baby girl found dead as man, 32, charged with murder

A HEARTBROKEN mum has paid tribute to her 14-month-old baby girl after she was discovered dead – as a man is charged with murder.

Little Hollie Ashurst was rushed to hospital with head injuries on Thursday but sadly couldn’t be saved and died the next day.

Daniel Ashurst, 32, has now been charged with murder and will appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Hollie’s devastated family, from Wigan, have paid tribute to the “happy” tot who loved watching Mr Tumble and In the Night Garden.

Her mum said: “Hollie was my dream come true. She was such a bright, smiley, happy little girl and was everyone’s ray of sunshine.

“Hollie brightened everyone’s day and was an inspiration and never unhappy. Fly high my princess with your other loved ones and sweet dreams my baby girl, I will always love you.”

Her Aunts, Grandad and Uncle added: “She was always smiling. She has been through operations with her clef, but she never let anything bother her.

“Hollie was the happiest baby. She struggled through her operations, and she was such a brave girl.

“She had just started to crawl and was such a clever girl and she never got upset.

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder continues to be quizzed by detectives in custody.

Forensic officers were seen hunting for clues over the weekend at the family home in the Shevington area of Wigan as part of enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, from GMP’s major incident team, said: “All murder investigations are understandably upsetting, but when it involves a child as young as this it’s particularly distressing for everyone involved.

This tragic case will no doubt have an impact on all those who knew her as well as the wider community and my heart goes out to those who loved this little girl.

“We are currently trying to build a picture of what has happened in the lead up to this little girl’s death and how she has come to sustain her injuries.

“Specially trained officers continue to offer their support to loved ones at this terrible time.”