A MAN wept as he appeared in court today charged with murdering a two-year-old girl.
Maya Louise Chappell was rushed to hospital from a home in County Durham on September 28 in a critical condition.
Sadly she couldn’t be saved and passed away last Friday.
Michael Daymond, 26, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court today.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the short hearing today.
Daymond, who wiped away tears during the brief hearing, was remanded in custody to next appear at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.
A 23-year-old woman arrested in connection with the horror has been released under investigation.
Maya’s heartbroken dad James Chappell paid tribute to his “princess” following her tragic death.
He posted a video of the toddler playing while saying “queso” to the camera.
James wrote: “Such a loving and innocent voice man I am remaining strong for my little girl even though my hearts breaking inside.
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“I hope you’re with me every second of everyday princess until we meet again.”
In a previous post, the dad called Maya his “la vida, earth and idol”.
A JustGiving page has been set-up to help raise money for Maya’s funeral, which has more than £7,000 in donations.
The fundraiser reads: “As you may already know our beautiful Maya Louise Chappell passed away on Friday under the most horrific circumstances.
“No person, never mind a 2-year-old child, should have to go through that. It came as a huge shock to the family.
“Her smile was so bright, her laugh so infectious and her cheeky character meant you couldn’t help but love her.
“She was loved my many and will continue to be loved forever.”