A father arrested on suspicion of murdering his eight-year-old daughter has not been questioned by police because he is still being treated in hospital, an inquest has been told.
Mylee Billingham died in hospital from a single stab wound to the chest after police were called to a house in Brownhills, near Walsall, at 9.15pm on 20 January.
Her father Bill was also found with a stab wound to the stomach and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but that was later changed to murder.
The 54-year-old was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, and Black Country assistant coroner Emma Whitting revealed at Mylee’s inquest on Wednesday that a “male suspect” – believed to be Mr Billingham – was still a patient there.
Giving evidence at the hearing in Oldbury, Detective Inspector Jim Colclough told the coroner: “West Midlands Police are currently running a murder investigation into the death of Mylee.
“Our forensic and witness strategies continue in terms of speaking to those people we need to speak to, and a male suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“He is currently at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital receiving treatment for injuries that were caused on that evening.
“Once he is discharged from hospital it will be my intention to take him to a police station and interview him in relation to the offence.”
The inquest has been adjourned pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.
Ms Whitting said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my condolences to Mylee’s family for their tragic loss.”
Last week, her headteacher Andy Nicholls said staff and pupils at St James Primary School in Brownhills were “numb” with “shock”.
He described Mylee as a happy, fun-loving girl who enjoyed singing and performing and had her “whole life in front of her”.