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The heartbroken family of a two-week-old baby girl who is at the centre of a murder investigation have paid tribute to their ‘precious angel’.

Felicity-May Harvey was rushed to hospital on Friday, January 8, after an incident at an address in Heywood, Greater Manchester.

Police were called to the hospital but despite the best efforts of paramedics she could not be saved and passed away on Monday.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement issued to Greater Manchester Police, the family said: “Our hearts are broken after losing our precious baby girl, Felicity-May.

“She was a gorgeous baby and always so alert, looking around with her big blue eyes.

“She was absolutely beautiful and incredibly brave and she melted the hearts of everyone who met her.

“What made her extra special was her cleft lip and palate, and despite the challenges of this she was the most happy and content little girl.

“She was and always will be loved by her mum, sisters and family and there is a huge void in all our hearts and lives now that she has been taken from us.

“She was our special star, and it is not fair that she shone brightly for only a short time.

“When we look up at the sky, we will look through the clouds and know that the brightest star shining is our Felicity-May.

“Rest in peace baby girl. Sleep tight. Until we meet again, our precious angel.”

Police remain stationed at Stirling Place, in Heywood and a cordon is expected to remain in place for the coming days.

A banner emblazoned with the words ‘baby girl’ is fixed to the front door of a house.

Floral tributes have also been left at the scene.

One note left with a bouquet of flowers reads: “Sleep well little one. Fly high with the angels.”

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s very sad. I think ‘how is the mother feeling?’ It’s horrible.”

“The mother is a nice woman, she would sometimes said ‘hello’,” the neighbour added.

“It’s not nice news. I can’t imagine how she feels now.

“I heard about what happened from the newspaper. [Police] just asked what we saw.

“I was in shock.”