Distraught mum of girl, 2, found dead says 'time has stood still' since 'murder'

THE heartbroken mum of a toddler who was allegedly murdered at a house in Teesside says has 'stood still' since the tot's death.

Two-year-old Grace Thorpe died in hospital after being found seriously injured inside a terraced home on Dale Street, New Marske, on Tuesday morning.

Adam Jackson, 26, has since appeared in court charged with her murder.

Grace's mum, Alice Quine, is understood to have been working at her local B&M store when the tragedy unfolded.

Neighbours said she rushed back to find emergency crews fighting to save her little girl.

Today, Alice paid tribute to her 'kind, funny and sassy princess'.

In a statement, she said: "Our beautiful little girl has been gone over a week now and it feels like time has just stood still.

"Her beautiful, bright blue eyes and smile will never leave our minds.

"She made such an impact on everybody. Grace was the most amazing, kind, funny and sassy daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter.

"You will never leave our hearts princess and we will speak about you every day. Your memory will always be kept alive.

"Thank you to everyone for their support and help during this extremely difficult time. We appreciate it all, please continue to respect our families’ privacy so we can grieve in peace.

"Sleep tight sweetheart."

On Thursday, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr said: "We know that Grace's death will have a huge impact on the community.

"We have officers in the local area and anyone who would like to speak to someone can approach the team."

Jackson, of Dale Street, New Marske, is due to go on trial on July 26 next year.

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