The mother of an eight-year-old girl knifed to death told of how her “little girl” had been “stabbed”, neighbours say.
Police were called to a house in Brownhills, near Walsall, in the West Midlands, at about 9.15pm on Saturday, where they found Mylee Billingham with serious stab injuries.
She was taken to hospital but died soon afterwards.
A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.
Neighbour Graham Greatrex, 74, who lives a few doors away in the same street, said that as he helped the schoolgirl’s mother she told him a man had “stabbed my little girl”.
He added: “She was in shock and she couldn’t say anything else.”
A 54-year-old man who had suffered a stab wound to his stomach was found at the home after what police said was a “domestic incident”.
He was arrested and taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Detective inspector Jim Colclough said: “This is an absolutely tragic set of circumstances and my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.
“We are still at the early stages of understanding exactly what happened and why – but I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.”
Bob Weir, whose home is two doors away from the bungalow where Mylee was stabbed, said a middle-aged man lived at the now sealed-off property, apparently on his own.
He said: “I was absolutely shocked – I didn’t know the bloke who lived there and he hadn’t lived there long, maybe six months, if that.
“There were police cars both sides of the road, ambulances…all sorts.”
He added: “I didn’t know there were any kids in there. I thought he just lived on his own. I never saw a girl or a woman there.”