A mother has been charged with murdering her five-year-old daughter after police were called to a ‘bloodbath’ in a London home.
Sutha Sivanantham, 35, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Friday by video-link following Sayagi Sivanantham’s death in Mitcham.
The child was found ‘lifeless’ by devastated neighbours at her home on June 30 with Sutha.
They had rushed to the flat when they heard screaming and said they found a ‘big bread knife’ at the scene.
Locals spoke of their shock after the pair were flown to hospital following the incident inside the flat in Monarch Parade.
The child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving while the woman was in a critical condition after undergoing a five-hour operation.
Sutha Sivanantham, 35, was charged with murdering Sayagi Sivanantham in south London
Met Police launched a murder investigation into the incident after the child was found ‘lifeless’
Forensic teams and uniformed officers were seen outside the property in Mitcham on June 30
Floral tributes in memory of the five-year-old girl, were left tied to railings outside the flat
Detective Chief Inspector Justin Howick said at the time: ‘This is a tragic incident and we are working very hard to fully understand what has happened.
‘Whilst I know the effects of this incident will, understandably, shock and sadden the local community, please be reassured that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with Sayagi’s death and there is no cause for the community to be fearful or alarmed.
‘I would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist our investigation.’
NHS worker and neighbour Elsa Gonzales, 47, described hearing screaming and crying coming from the property, where the family from Sri Lanka lived.
When she arrived with her sister – Riza Marfilla, 55 – she discovered the woman wearing only her underwear.
She said: ‘I went next door and saw the lady on the floor covered in blood. She had what looked like a knife wound in her stomach.’
A police cordon was in force at the scene of the incident, which left a child dead and a woman in a critical condition
Sayagi Karunanantham (left and right) was pronounced dead and described by neighbours as ‘such a good girl’
‘I was on the phone to 999 and I tried to see if the young girl was likely to survive but she looked lifeless – there was so much blood everywhere.’
Sayagi was attending a local Tamil class to learn her parent’s language, sources close to the family told MailOnline.
Her father, Sivanantham Karunanantham, known as Suganthan, works in a local Sainsbury’s and received a call while on shift informing him of the tragedy.
Sources close to him said his wife had undergone an operation lasting five hours for a knife wound to her stomach and faced further surgery.
NHS worker and neighbour Elsa Gonzales (pictured), 47, described hearing screaming and crying coming from the flat in Monarch Parade
A forensics team were seen entering the flat in Mitcham while a uniformed police officer stood guard outside the first floor property
A pool of blood could be seen outside the property in Monarch Parade, where the girl and woman were found
Wahe Guna, 27, who works at the Kwik Mart shop below the flat in Monarch Parade (pictured) said the family were regular customers
Blood was seen on the doorstep of the property in Mitcham, as police launched their investigation
Paying tribute to the young girl, Ms Gonzales said: ‘She’s so smart and so tough. She was always fighting with the boys when she played.
‘She’s always smiling at me. She was such a good girl. My heart breaks for her.’
Another neighbour Riza Marfilla, 55, said: ‘It’s so sad. She likes Bruno – my dog. Whenever she would see him, she would be shouting ”Bruno! Bruno!”.
‘She is such a sweet child.’
A forensics team were seen entering the flat on the day of the incident while a uniformed police officer stood guard outside the first floor property.
Wahe Guna, 27, who works at the Kwik Mart shop below the flat in Monarch Parade, said the family were regular customers.
An air ambulance and a police car is pictured at the scene of the tragedy in June
He said: ‘He comes everyday in the shop. In the last two or three days I didn’t see him. His daughter is good character. I’m so sad to think she is gone.
‘They’re a good family. Everyday he comes in to spend a few pounds. Some days I give them chocolates.
‘Yesterday I didn’t see them. I didn’t see them on Monday or Tuesday. At around 4pm yesterday, there was a helicopter and police blocked the road.
‘Last Monday he was all smiles. She talked and said, how are you? I don’t know what could have happened.’
The road outside the property, which is on a parade of shops near Mitcham Library, was closed for several hours after the tragedy.
Witnesses filmed the police response and the helicopter taking the two victims to hospital.
Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, tweeted: ‘Truly tragic events in Mitcham over the last 2 days. My sincere condolences to family & friends.
‘My thoughts are also with neighbours & residents who have witnessed such tragedy.’