Sayagi Sivanantham murder probe: Mother charged over death of five-year-old daughter in Mitcham


A mother from south London has been charged with the murder of her five-year-old daughter.

Sayagi Sivanantham was stabbed at her home in Mitcham at the end of June, and died in hospital despite being rushed for emergency treatment.

This morning, the Metropolitan Police said her mother, 35-year-old Sutha Sivanantham, has been charged with the murdering the young girl.

She is due to appear via videolink at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court this morning for a preliminary hearing, when her case will be sent to a Crown Court.

The mother was also seriously injured when the alarm was raised at the family home on June 30, and her daughter’s lifeless body was discovered.

Neighbour Elsa Gonzales, 47, said she saw the aftermath of the stabbings, telling the Standard at the time: “There was blood everywhere. I looked on the bed and saw the girl, she was covered in a blanket.”

Speaking about the family, originally from Sri Lanka, she added: “It’s really breaking my heart, the child was a smart kid, she was always smiling. She was a cheeky little girl, always playing with the neighbourhood kids.

“To see her so lifeless, it’s like my heart is bleeding.”

Sivanantham, from Mitcham, has not yet entered a plea to a single charge of murder.