REVEALED: Cause of death of girl, 5, by mum

A five-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother died by “compression of the neck”, a court has heard.

Alijah Thomas was found unresponsive by police and paramedics at an address in Leyborne Avenue, Ealing, at around 12.56pm on Tuesday (September 14). 

She received emergency medical intervention, but was later pronounced dead at around 1.51pm.

Her mother, 41-year-old Martina Madarova, appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday (September 20) charged with murder.

Appearing via HMP Bronzefield via video link, she spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth during the short hearing.

The court heard that Alijah’s body was found “lifeless” by police officers following reports of a concern for welfare.

A post-mortem carried out ion Thursday (September 16) returned a provisional cause of death of “compression of the neck”, the Old Bailey was told.

Madarova was remanded in custody and will next appear at the same court on December 6 for a plea hearing.

A police cordon was in place around the property in Leyborne Avenue in the days following the death.