Woman, 30, pleads guilty to manslaughter of girl, 7, in park on Mother’s Day

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Eltiona Skana, 30, has pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to the manslaughter of Emily Jones, aged seven, in a public park in Bolton on Mother's Day earlier this year.

Police were called to reports that a young girl had been stabbed on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Emergency services rushed to the incident at Queen's Park in Bolton, but despite the best efforts of the medical team and her family, she passed away a short time later.

Skana pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful killing during a brief hearing when she appeared at the court via video link from high-security Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

She was accompanied by a member of her legal team at the hospital.

Speaking in the days after the tragic incident, Emily's parents paid tribute to their little girl.

They said: "Emily was seven years old, our only child and the light of our lives.

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"She was always full of joy, love and laughter.

"Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile.

"Emily was never happier than when she was spending time with her family and friends, she was our own little social butterfly.

"Emily had a passion for the outdoors and loved to play any sport, even when she was wearing her pink sparkly dresses!"

They added: "We would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in the park and express our gratitude to the emergency services for doing their upmost to save Emily's life."

Skana, originally from Albania, pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of the murder of the youngster on March 22 at Queen's Park in Bolton.

Prosecuting lawyers have seven days to consider the plea.

A trial on the count of murder is scheduled to begin on November 23.

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