Man charged over the murder of nine-year-old girl Lilia Valutyte

Lincolnshire Police said in a statement: 'We have this evening charged 22-year-old Deividas Skebas with the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte'

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Lincolnshire police have charged a man over the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte in Boston on Thursday night.

Deividas Skebas, 22, was arrested in a park in Boston yesterday.He will appear in court tomorrow.

Lilia Valutyte died of a suspected stabbing.
Lilia Valutyte died of a suspected stabbing.

Lincolnshire Police said in a statement: “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 28 July. 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.”

Lithuanian national Skebas, 22, of Thorold Street, Boston, is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the statement added.

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.

“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.”