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Mum, 41, accused of murdering her five-year-old daughter appears in court

Martina Madarova, 41, has been accused of killing her daughter Alijah Thomas at their home in Ealing, west London, last week – she is yet to enter a plea to the charge of murder

Emergency services at the scene in Leyborne Avenue in Ealing, London, where five-year-old Alijah was found dead

A five-year-old girl whose mother is charged with her murder was strangled to death at her family home, a court heard today.

Martina Madarova, 41, has been accused of killing her daughter Alijah Thomas at their home in Ealing, west London, last week.

Police officers and paramedics rushed to the family home on Leyborne Avenue shortly before 1pm on Tuesday, but were not able to revive the little girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Appearing at the Old Bailey via video link this morning from HMP Bronzefield, wearing a dark T-shirt, Madarova spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth.

The court heard that the “provisional cause” of Alijah’s death was understood to be from “compression on the neck.”



Five-year-old Alijah Thomas, who was found last Tuesday having been fatally strangled
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Julian Evans, prosecuting, said: “This is the defendant’s first appearance at crown court.

“She is charged with the murdering of her daughter at their home address on the 14 September.

He confirmed the “provisional cause of death“ is understood to be from “compression on the neck.”

Medical personnel arriving at the property on Leyborne Avenue found the child’s “lifeless body” when they arrived.



Emergency services found Alijah’s “lifeless body” when they arrived
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The accused, who is originally from Slovakia, was interviewed the day after her daughter was found dead, but made no comment.

Mrs Madarova will next appear at the Old Bailey on 6 December.

There was no application for bail.

The girl’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.




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