A neighbour reportedly rescued a baby from a Stoke-on-Trent home after a woman ran into the street with fatal stab wounds.
Eye-witnesses say the 29-year-old mum – who has not yet been formally named – was begging for help as she fled the house in Burslem.
At the same time, a resident is understood to have dashed inside and got the child to safety at around 4.45pm yesterday (November 6).
The victim then collapsed onto the ground in Leigh Street and later died from stab wounds.
Floral tributes have since been left at the street as an investigation continues.
A 39-year-old man was today being quizzed on suspicion of her murder.
Community leader June Cartwright, who lives nearby, extended her sympathies to the woman’s family.
She said: “It’s just awful that something like this has happened here in Burslem. I can’t imagine what the family are going through.
“It’s terrible. Nobody has the right to take someone’s life. I really feel for the woman’s family. They must be feeling horrendous.”
A neighbour: “The top end was taped off and police were walking round the entries saying there’s been an incident but wouldn’t say much more.
“I’ve spoken to the police but they didn’t disclose anything really. The road will be closed for a while. The police assure me it’s an isolated incident.”
A crime scene remained in place this afternoon.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: “A man from the Bournemouth area has been arrested in connection with the death and is in custody.
“Formal identification of the deceased woman is yet to take place.
“The woman’s family are being supported by specially trained officers at this time and we would kindly urge people to respect their privacy and not to speculate as to her identity or the circumstances of the case as enquiries continue.”
Anyone with information should contact 101 referring to incident 430 of November 6.