Man charged over fatal stabbing of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte

Deividas Skebas has been charged over the death of the schoolgirl in Boston on Thursday.

Man charged over fatal stabbing of nine-year-old girl Lilia Valutyte in Lincolnshire iStock

A man has been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old girl in Lincolnshire.

Deividas Skebas has been charged over the death of Lilia Valutyte in the Fountain Lane area of Boston on Thursday.

The 22-year-old, a Lithuanian national, is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, according to local police.

It comes after a CCTV image was circulated on Saturday, though no one else is understood to be wanted in connection with the incident.

A statement read: “We have this evening charged 22-year-old Deividas Skebas with the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte.

“Lilia tragically died following an incident in Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm on July 28. She is believed to have suffered a stab wound.

“Her parents are being supported by specially trained officers, and we would urge for their privacy to be respected at this particularly difficult time. Their welfare continues to be a priority for us.”

Police initially arrested two other people over the death, however both have since been released with no further action taken.

Chief superintendent Martyn Parker said: “This is a heartbreaking case that has affected many people in Boston, and further afield.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Lilia’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.

“The response to such a devastating incident has involved committing significant resources to the investigation, and engaging with people in Boston who are understandably shocked by Lilia’s death.

“Our officers have been in the town, speaking to the public and listening to their concerns. We’ll continue to maintain a significant presence over the coming days.”

He added: “Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks once again to the public and the media, who have provided help in a challenging and fast-moving case. Your support is appreciated by our officers and staff.”

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