SHOCKED neighbours of a Winsford teenager who died at the weekend have spoken of their concern for the victim's two-year-old daughter.
Eighteen-year-old Kayleigh De-cruz died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday after paramedics were called to her house on Wharton Gardens.
Her 30-year-old boyfriend Steven Lee, formerly of Moulton, but who had been living with Ms Decruz for the last few months, appeared in court charged with her murder yesterday.
He has been remanded in custody.
Residents of Wharton Gardens described their shock at the news.
One neighbour said: 'We can't believe that something like this has happened - you see things like this on the television but you don't expect to see it happening in your own back yard.
'Nowhere is safe anymore. 'What is most disturbing is the two-year-old daughter who has been left now without her mum, it's horrible.'
News of Ms Decruz's death has sent shockwaves across the close-knit community .
The young mum, who is believed to have lived in the area for around two years, was described as both 'friendly' and 'quiet' by locals.
'She kept herself to herself really,' a neighbour added. 'But she was always nice when you saw her. She would always say hello when she walked past.'
Winsford Town Cllr Jim Hughes, who represents Wharton, said: 'It's a terrible tragedy that this has happened - a very sad thing.'
And another female neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: 'It's a dreadful thing to happen to anyone, but especially someone so young - 18 is no age.'
Ms Decruz was taken by ambulance to Leighton Hospital after the incident around 11pm on Saturday. A police spokesman confirmed Ms Decruz died as a result of a heavy blow to her head.
She was a former pupil of Greenfields Primary School and Wood-ford Lodge High School in the town.