HER curly hair in a ponytail, a fur collar on her cardigan, and a shy smile for the camera - this is beautiful toddler Lylah Aaron, murdered in Sheffield.
Police officially released the three-year-old’s name yesterday, hours after relatives had the heartbreaking task of formally identifying her tiny body.
An initial post-mortem examination has been carried out, a South Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed.
But more tests are needed - and it could be weeks before the full results are known.
Delroy Catwell, aged 30, from Beck Road in Shiregreen, has been charged with her murder and is due to reappear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Police said he is not a blood relative.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said last night: “An initial post mortem examination has been carried out at the hospital.
“Further tests are now required and are being undertaken.
“It is expected to be some weeks before the results are known.
“Lylah has been formally identified.
“Her family has asked to be left alone to grieve in private.”
Lylah died at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the early hours of Saturday.
An ambulance had been called to Beck Road, Shiregreen, on Friday evening.
Shocked Star readers expressed their grief.
Gary Dorchester, Donna Ward and Marilyn Holmes all got in touch to say simply, ‘Rest in peace’.
Katie Tunnicliffe said the murder was ‘heartbreaking’.
Stacy Livermore said: “So young - no age to die.”
Dawn Holmes wrote on The Star’s Facebook page, ‘God bless you little girl’, and Mehren Zahir said, ‘RIP little one’.
Colleen Wraith wrote: “Taken too suddenly but never forgotten. God bless, sweetheart.”
Police urged anyone with information that could assist the investigation to call 101, quoting incident 1,073 of February 8.