Neighbors of a four-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in east London described hearing screams when police arrived.
Officers were called to a terraced house in Montague Road, Hackney to find a four-year-old boy with fatal stab wounds on Wednesday night.
The child, who has not been named, was taken to hospital for treatment but later died from his injuries. His relatives have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
An investigation has begun with a 41-year-old woman, who has not been identified but police say was known to the boy, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.
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A mother-of-three, 36, who lived next door to the property where the “energetic” boy was found said she had known him all his life.
“He was a kind, happy kid who was always riding a scooter or his bike down the street and playing with his parents,” she said. The independent.
“They go to the park… things like that. He was an energetic, friendly and kind child. He was always very playful with my 4 year old son. We heard screams when the police broke down the door.”
An investigation is underway led by homicide detectives from the Met's Special Crime Branch. While inquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing, officers are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident, the force said.
The neighbor added: “Even the police came out crying. When they saw us they had to try to pull it back together. They tried but failed.
“I can't tell my son what happened, he's too young. I'll tell him they're gone.”
The boy's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers, the Met said.
The Mayor of Hackney, Caroline Woodley, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear this morning of the tragic death of a four-year-old boy in Hackney. My thoughts and deepest condolences, along with everyone on the board, are with the child's family.
“We are working with the police and the child's school to support the child's family, friends and the wider community.”
Detective Chief Constable James Conway, who leads policing for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “This is an extremely distressing incident which will cause shock and disbelief in the local community and those who attended the scene.
“We are working with our partners, including Hackney Council and the school community, to ensure there is support for people who need it.
“Specialist officers from our homicide squad are taking this investigation forward and are continuing to work to establish the circumstances of this young child's death and the events leading up to it.
“This incident occurred inside the home and while there is no major risk to public safety, additional officers will be present in the area as we recognize the impact this will have on the community.”