Murder investigation as mother and daughter are found dead in village house
A 46-year-old man is in hospital custody after a mother and daughter were found dead at their home in a Suffolk village.
Detectives were called to the property in Great Waldingfield, near Sudbury, Thursday morning.
After forcing their way inside, they discovered the bodies of a 44-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter.
A man who was also inside the property and who was known to the victims was found seriously injured.
He was arrested on suspicion of murder before being airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Neighbors at the Great Waldingfield’s Heath estate had to be evacuated from their homes when a gas leak was identified at the property.
Police said the two victims and the man in custody knew each other and, due to previous contact between the force and the family, the matter has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
In a statement, a spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: ‘Detectives believe this is a contained incident, with no threat to the wider community, and understand that the three individuals knew each other.
“A Home Office post-mortem examination took place this afternoon on the 44-year-old woman, who concluded that her cause of death was pressure on the neck.
“A Home Office post-mortem examination of the 12-year-old girl is expected to take place next week.”
The spokesperson added: “Due to the fact that there had been previous (but not recent) contact between the victim and Suffolk Constabulary, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for evaluation, in accordance with agreed protocols.”
Suffolk Police are also appealing for witnesses.