Tributes to a mother who fled a house carrying her four-month-old baby after being stabbed several times have come in.
On Friday November 6, Kimberley Deakin, 29, screamed “help, help” while soaked in blood and holding her daughter.
She fell onto the ground moments later, and died from her injuries in the street in Stoke, Staffordshire shortly after 4.45pm.
A man, Lewis Crofts, 39, was arrested and charged with the murder of Kimberley, and the couple are said to have known each other.
Neighbors said that a few weeks ago, Kimberley moved into the house and described her as a “doing mum” who “always loved” her kids.
One of the neighbors told The Sun Online, “She appeared to be a doting mum who loved her baby girl very much.”
You’d see her laughing and you’d be talking to her.
“Obviously, she was a really caring mum. This is horrific and must have been devastating for her family.
Next-door neighbor Ken Bradshaw, 77, spoke on Friday about the horrific scene. Mr. Bradshaw said, “I know that Kim has only been around for a couple of months.”
She seemed to be a lovely lady, and after the baby was born, the man moved in.
I didn’t hear anything, but I saw a neighbor with a baby in her arms when I looked out.
“That will come as a real shock.”
Staffordshire Police reported in a statement: ‘A 39-year-old man was charged with murder following the death of a woman on Friday 6 November in Burslem.
“Lewis Crofts, of Broadstone, Dorset, has been remanded in custody and will appear before North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday morning (9 November).
The woman is yet to be officially named, but she is believed to be Burslem’s Kimberley Deakin, aged 29. Kimberley and Lewis were known to each other.
At this time, her family is protected by specially qualified officers and we would kindly advise individuals to respect their privacy.
The cause of Kimberley ‘s death was confirmed by a Home Office post mortem test to be stab wounds.