Family of girl, 9, stabbed to death ‘in hiding’ over fears they could be targeted

The family of a nine-year-old girl who was stabbed to death have gone into hiding over fears they could also be targeted.

Lillia Valutyte was killed while she was playing with her sister outside a café in Boston on Thursday.

Deividas Skebas, 22, was yesterday charged with murdering the child.

Skebas, from Lithuania, will appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today.

Mum Lina Savicke, her husband and their other daughter, aged five, has been moved by police to a different location, it was reported.

A source told The Sun : “The family are so, so worried. They have not been able to stay at home.

“They are worried whoever did this could still be out there.

“They are worried they could be a target. It is just so awful — they have the impossible task of trying to come to terms with the loss of Lilia.

“Then they still feel they need to protect their other little daughter.”

Lincolnshire Police said in a statement: “We have this evening charged 22-year-old Deividas Skebas with the murder of nine-year-old Lillia Valutyte.

“Lillia tragically died following an incident in Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm on 28 July.

“She is believed to have suffered a stab wound.

“Her parents are being supported by specially trained officers, and we would urge for their privacy to be respected at this particularly difficult time.

“Their welfare continues to be a priority for us.”

Lincolnshire Police launched a huge manhunt after Lillia was stabbed on Thursday.

She and her sister were reportedly playing with a hula-hoop outside a café where her mum was working when the tragedy took place.

Her mother was said to have rushed to her daughter’s side immediately after the stabbing.

Officers initially arrested two men, however, both were released with no further action.

Lincolnshire Police then released CCTV images of a man they wished to question in relation to the case.

Officers later reportedly received a tip-off and descended on Tunnard Street, in Boston, to arrest a man.

The suspect reportedly fled through gardens before being snared in a nearby street at around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Neighbours were left in shock in the aftermath of Lillia’s death.

One resident described the incident as a “parent’s worst nightmare”.