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‘Doting’ mum, 29, who died in street after being stabbed pictured for first time

This is the first picture of a “doting” mum who collapsed and died in the street outside her home after being stabbed.

Kimberley Deakin was heard screaming “help, help” as she fled across the street to her neighbours’ homes in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., on Friday afternoon.

Covered in blood, the 29-year-old banged on doors before collapsing and dying from her injuries.

Her four-month-old baby daughter, who was born in June, is now believed to be living with heartbroken relatives.

Her devastated sister Brittany has described Kimberley the family’s “rock”, adding: “She didn’t deserve to have her life taken from her.”

A 39-year-old man has been charged with murder and was due to appear in court on Monday.

POLICE ON STREET AFTER A YOUNG MUM WAS STABBED TO DEATH

Brittany wrote on Facebook: “As you all may know. My beloved sister Kim passed away on Friday the 6th of November.

“At no fault of her own. I can’t explain how we all feel losing our sister.

“She was our rock, our eldest sister, that should still be here with me. She didn’t deserve to have her life taken from her.

“She was my world and I just can’t come to terms that she’s gone. I love and miss her dearly.

“But out of the respect for me and my family could you all give us space and time to grieve in peace. Thank you.”

Another relative wrote: “RIP Kimberley. Can’t believe it. Sending love to all the family.”

June Cartwright, who lives near to the scene, said: “This is such an awful thing to have happened and the community is in shock. My thoughts are with the woman’s family.”

“She seemed a doting mum who really loved her baby girl,” a neighbour told the Sun.

“You would see her smiling and talking to her.”

The neighbour claimed Kimberley was living with a boyfriend, who had only moved in a few weeks ago.

Next-door neighbour Ken Bradshaw, 77, said: “I know Kim has only been there for a few months.

“She seemed a lovely lady and the man moved in after the baby was born.”

Tributes have been left at the scene while the area remains cordoned off by police.

Kimberley gave birth to her daughter in June, and had been keeping her friends updated on Facebook and posting several photos of the girl.

In a post just days after giving birth, she posted a photo of her baby and wrote: “Mummies (sic) girl. Always.”

Just three days before she died, she shared a picture of her daughter smiling in a pram.

Kimberley worked as a “workflow assistant and admin” for a facility services provider, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She graduated from Haywood High School in 2008.

Devastated friends have paid tribute to her on social media.

A longtime friend, who shared a photo of her and Kimberley at their prom, wrote on Facebook: “It’s so tragic and unfair that you have been taken the way you have.

“From high school you always said that you longed to me a mum one day, and it’s so heartbreaking that you have been taken from your baby girl.

“One thing I know for sure is that your beautiful baby girl will grow up knowing just how much her mummy loved her, your family will take good care of her and you won’t need to worry, you have such a big family who all love each other dearly and that is clear to everyone.

“Your baby girl will have her very own mummy angel looking over her every second.

“RIP beautiful lady.”

Another added: “I can’t believe what’s happened! Thinking of all her family and hope baby’s ok and safe! RIP Kimberley gone way too soon!!”

Lewis Crofts, 39, of Broadstone, Dorset, has been charged with murder and is due at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Formal identification of the woman is still to take place, but she is believed to be Kimberley Deakin, aged 29, from Burslem.

“Her family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this time and we would kindly urge people to respect their privacy.

“A Home Office post mortem examination found the cause of Kimberley’s death to be stab wounds.

“Anyone with any information should call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 430 of 6 November or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”