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Pictured: 'Bright, smiley, happy' 14-month-old baby girl who died from head injuries as man, 32, is charged with murder

    Hollie Ashurst, aged 14 months, died of her injuries in hospital in Wigan on Friday
    Daniel Ashurst, 32, was tonight charged with murder and remanded in custody
    The one-year-old's grieving mother called Hollie 'everyone's ray of sunshine'

By Tim Stickings and Connor Boyd For Mailonline

Published: 19:25, 4 March 2019 | Updated: 20:06, 4 March 2019

The family of a baby girl who police suspect was murdered in Wigan have paid tribute to the 'bright, smiley and happy' one-year-old.  Hollie Ashurst, aged 14 months, died of head injuries on Friday and was formally identified today.  Daniel Ashurst, 32, was tonight charged with her murder and will appear in court tomorrow.   The baby's mother said: 'Hollie was my dream come true. She was such a bright, smiley, happy little girl and was everyone's ray of sunshine.  'Hollie brightened everyone's day and was an inspiration and never unhappy. Fly high my princess with your other loved ones and sweet dreams my baby girl, I will always love you.'

Other relatives including her grandfather said: 'She was always smiling. She has been through operations with her clef, but she never let anything bother her.  'Hollie was the happiest baby. She struggled through her operations, and she was such a brave girl.  She had just started to crawl and was such a clever girl and she never got upset. She loved watching cartoons.  She was alert and always happy and loved watching Mr Tumble and In the night Garden.' 

Daniel Ashurst was remanded in custody tonight after being charged with murder and will appear at Wigan Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.   The little girl passed away on Saturday despite hospital staff's best efforts to keep her alive, police said.  Officers were alerted by medical staff on Thursday at around 2pm that a child was being taken to hospital with head injuries, GMP said.  A post-mortem on Monday confirmed Hollie died of head injuries, the force added.  Forensic officers were searching a property in the Shevington area of Wigan as part of the investigation.  Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, from GMP's major incident team, said on Saturday: 'All murder investigations are understandably upsetting, but when it involves a child as young as this it's particularly distressing for everyone involved.  This tragic case will no doubt have an impact on all those who knew her as well as the wider community and my heart goes out to those who loved this little girl.  We are currently trying to build a picture of what has happened in the lead up to this little girl's death and how she has come to sustain her injuries.  Specially trained officers continue to offer their support to loved ones at this terrible time.'

He added: 'While this investigation progresses we'd encourage anyone who might have information about this death to please contact us.'

Information can be passed on to police by calling 0161 856 9171 quoting reference number 1109 of 28/02/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.