A WOMAN has been questioned on suspicion of murdering her 94-year-old mother.

Jessica Davies's body was discovered by paramedics at her home in Woolton, south Liverpool.

Her daughter Rita, 64, was arrested in connection with her murder, and was last night released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Widow Mrs Davies has lived in a ground-floor apartment at Rosehill Court for more than 10 years.

Her daughter, who used to live in Kent, moved in with her around two years ago. One neighbour last night told the Daily Post the pair were often heard arguing.

It is understood Mrs Davies's body was discovered in the sitting room of the apartment shortly before 7pm on Friday.

A post mortem has revealed that the mother-of-four died of asphyxiation.

Rita was arrested by officers on Saturday and forensic investigators have carried out a painstaking examination of the two-bedroom apartment.

Detective Inspector Paula Parker, who is leading the investigation, said Mrs Davies was a "sprightly" lady who had a number of close friends.

She said: "We have spoken to people in the flats and people have said she was a nice old lady who was friendly with people in the surrounding flats.

"For her age, she was quite sprightly and she was well liked.

"The police were called on Friday to the address in Woolton. We found the 94-year-old deceased lady. A post mortem revealed she had died of asphyxiation."

The net curtains of the flat, which is rented from CDS Housing, were last night drawn and a police officer stood guard.

The couple's flat opens out on to a quiet garden with pine furniture, an apple tree and hanging baskets.

It is understood Rita's only son was killed in a car crash recently.

A 73-year-old neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "It's very upsetting.

"Jesse was such a nice person. She had a couple of close friends and one of them had a car and the three would go out on little trips together.

"She went to hospital a few times but she had all her faculties - she often did crossword puzzles.

"I knew her quite well but I didn't really know Rita. She kept herself to herself really.

"I live above them and you could often hear them arguing."

Mrs Davies had two daughters living in the United States and one daughter in South Africa. It is understood they have been informed about their mother's death.

The neighbour added: "The daughter from South Africa was here recently and does come home every now and again. She only left a few weeks ago to see one of her sisters in America."