The older sister of an eight-year-old girl who was allegedly stabbed to death by her father has paid tribute to her sibling in an emotional social media post.
Zayna Leigh wrote a moving message for Mylee Billingham on a Facebook page for a church near to where the little girl was found in in Brownhills, Walsall.
Ms Leigh wrote: ‘She was too young and beautiful, go collect your wings sissy. Love your big sister.’
Zayna Leigh wrote a moving message for Mylee Billingham on a Facebook page for a church near to where the little girl was found in in Brownhills, Walsall
Bill Billingham, 54, posted this picture of his daughter Mylee Billingham on Facebook eating pizza on a bed with the caption: ‘Pitza on bed lv moo x’
A friend of the arrested father (pictured) said: ‘I just can’t believe he would do something like this. It’s completely out of character’
Neighbours described seeing Mylee’s mother Tracey Taundry (pictured) outside the property screaming: ‘They stabbed my baby’
Yesterday, chilling photos emerged of the inside of the bungalow where Mylee died.
Bill Billingham, 54, moved into the housing association property having split from the girl’s mother Tracey Taundry.
He is suspected of turning the blade on himself after his little girl was knifed at the house.
Mr Billingham is believed to have moved to the bungalow in the autumn, from a newbuild flat just a street away.
He had posted images of him working on redecorating the property.
Writing on his Facebook page on January 5 Mr Billingham wrote: ‘Getting there slowly so F it for now!!’
He also posted images inside the bungalow which was decorated with pictures of Mylee, including a cushion which had the schoolgirl’s face printed on it.
The 54-year-old posted a photo online of his eight-year-old daughter eating pizza in bed an hour before he was arrested for stabbing her to death.
Mr Billingham – who a friend said had recently been made redundant from a factory job – posted on Facebook a picture of his smiling daughter snuggled under a duvet with two plates of pizza in front of her.
He captioned it: ‘Pitza on bed lv moo x [sic]’. Miss Taundry had ‘liked’ the post.
Other pictures of his daughter posted on preceding days also referred to the girl as ‘moo’.
Mylee was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with stab injuries after police and paramedics were called to her father’s one-bedroom bungalow at 9.15pm on Saturday.
She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
Forensic scientists work outside the home in Valley View, Brownhills, Walsall, where Mylee Billingham was stabbed and later died
People lay floral tributes outside the home where eight-year-old Mylee was stabbed
Mr Billingham remains in hospital where he is thought to be receiving treatment for stab wounds to the abdomen.
West Midlands Police said Mr Billingham is yet to be questioned due to his critical condition. He is expected to undergo surgery.
A friend of the arrested father said: ‘I just can’t believe he would do something like this. It’s completely out of character.
‘Him and Tracey were split, but he completely doted on all five children.
‘I used to drink with him in the pub and he seemed like such a normal person. To do something like that is terrible.
‘I just don’t understand how it’s happened.’
Miss Taundry, 33, is being comforted by relatives at her home.
A relative said: ‘We are not making a statement at this time. We are just shell shocked, we need some time to get our heads around it.’
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit is leading the investigation, 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.’
The murder suspect’s brother Mark Billingham MBE is one of the stars of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins and was once a private body guard for Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise.
Last night Mark Billingham said: ‘Please respect my family’s privacy.
‘There will be no further comment at this time.’
Chilling photos have emerged of the inside of the bungalow where eight-year-old Mylee Billingham was allegedly stabbed to death
Bill Billingham, 54, moved into the housing association bungalow after his recent break up
Television star and SAS hero Mark Billingham MBE, right, and his brother Bill, left, who is understood to be in hospital
Harrowing ‘high-pitched’ screams were heard by neighbours in the street on Saturday night, who described seeing Miss Taundry outside the property wailing: ‘They stabbed my baby.’
Neighbour Graham Greatrex, 74, said he saw Miss Taundry outside the property wailing after her daughter was stabbed.
He offered her a hot drink and said the distraught mother was in a trance-like state and was repeating the fact her daughter had been killed.
Mr Greatrex said: ‘We heard the commotion and the mother was standing outside our house. I went to talk to her and she said, ‘They stabbed my baby’.
‘She was hysterical. People were racing around everywhere.’
Fellow neighbour David Taylor, 76, added: ‘I can’t believe what’s happened and it being such a young girl is tragic. This is a lovely area and it’s so shocking that it’s happened here.’
The murder suspect’s brother Mark Billingham MBE is one of the stars of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins and was once a private body guard for Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise (pictured with the couple)
Mylee died in hospital on Saturday evening and members of the community have been left devastated by the news
The family have spoken of their devastation at the loss of the young Ed Sheeran superfan.
A family member said: ‘We have only just come back home after finding out the news.
‘We have hardly slept and are just trying to understand and process what has happened.
‘We still don’t know exactly what has took place at the this point we are truly devastated.’
The picture given to police by the family of Mylee Billingham, eight, dressed in a black and pink fairy dress and holding a pink wand
A forensics tent seen outside the property at Valley Views in Birmingham on Monday morning after the harrowing tragedy on Saturday night
It is thought Billingham – who a friend said had recently been made redundant from a factory job – remains in hospital with police officers at his bedside. Here he is pictured with Mylee
Eight-year-old Mylee has been named as the victim of the stabbing in Brownhills near Walsall. She died after failing to recover from her stab wounds
Bill Billingham (pictured), 54, has been named by locals after his eight-year-old old daughter, Mylee, was found with stab wounds on Saturday night in Valley View in Brownhills near Walsall
The shocking incident sent shockwaves around the community in Brownhills, with an outpouring of condolences for the family.
Andy Nicholls, headmaster of St James Primary School in Brownhills, West Midlands, where Mylee attended, said the ‘lovely’ girl enjoyed singing and performing and was an active member of her school.
Mr Nicholls said in a statement: ‘What can I say, we’re all numb, we’re all in shock. Everyone at the school is completely devastated.
‘Mylee was dearly loved by us all, her smile lit up the room, in fact, it never left her face. She was a fun-loving, happy eight-year-old who had her whole life in front of her.
‘She took a full part in school life, particularly enjoying singing and performing. She was just a lovely girl. Our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time. Thank you.’
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place today.
The father, pictured, is said to have been taken to hospital with stab wounds to his stomach. He is now in a stable condition and will be questioned in due course
The murder suspect’s brother Mark Billingham MBE (right) is one of the stars of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins and is an instructor to the recruits
Billingham, pictured left with his tongue out, is set to be questioned once he recovers from his stab wounds. It is not clear how he came to be injured
The victim of the knife attack has been identified as Bill Billingham’s eight-year-old daughter Mylee, pictured here when she was younger
Angelina Jolie walks down a gangway from a boat with two of her children with Brad Pitt and Mark Billingham trailing behind
Mourners left notes outside the address in Valley View, Brownhills, West Midlands, where Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death
Dozens of floral tributes have been placed outside the property this morning, with a heavy police presence in the area
Grief-stricken well-wishers have left flowers, teddy bears and letters at the scene of the fatality
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