A POSTMORTEM has revealed that the young girl murdered in Chadwell Heath on Thursday, 29 August died from a head injury.
Eight-year-old Ayesha Ali was found dead at her home in Bedwell Court, Broomfield Road by paramedics at around 11.30am.
Her mother, Polly Chowdhury, 34, stands accused of murdering the girl and is due to appear before the Old Bailey on 19 September.
The post-mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday, 3 and Wednesday, 4 September and found that a head injury was the cause of the child’s death.
Neighbours say that the victim, her brother and mother, along with another woman, moved into the block of flats around four months ago.
Since the death, the flat has been sealed off and windows have been boarded up.
Local people have paid their respects to Ayesha by laying flowers outside the property.
One woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s very sad, they seemed like a really happy family.
“We’re all deeply shocked and saddened that this has taken place.
“That little girl would have been due back at school this week – how dreadful for her classmates and teachers.”
Another neighbour added: “I’m angry that this could happen to a child, it’s horrific.
“How could this be allowed to happen on our doorstep?”
A card left with a bunch of flowers outside Bedwell Court said: “In memory of a little girl whom I will never meet. From a neighbour. Rest in peace. Amen.”