Man in court over daughter murder

A man will appear in court today charged with murdering his four-year-old daughter.

Alexa-Marie died in hospital after police were called to her family's home in Hatfield on Wednesday (Hertfordshire Police/PA)
Alexa-Marie died in hospital after police were called to her family's home in Hatfield on Wednesday (Hertfordshire Police/PA)

Carl Wheatley, 30, will appear at Hatfield Magistrates' Court over the killing, Hertfordshire police said.

Alexa-Marie died in hospital after police were called to the family home in Queen Bee Court, Hatfield, at 9.30pm on Wednesday.

In a statement released through police, Alexa-Marie's family paid tribute to the youngster.

It said: "We are completed stunned and devastated that our beautiful little girl has been taken from us so suddenly.

"She was truly the most gentle, loving, happy and amazing little soul we had the pleasure of knowing. We would be asked to be left alone to grieve at this traumatic time."

A post-mortem to establish the cause of death will take place on Monday, the force added.