A 5-year-old girl, Alijah Thomas, was strangled to death by her mom, Martina Madarova, at their home in Ealing, West London.

It was gathered that Madarova, 41, was suffering from depression when she killed her daughter in September last year.

She reportedly put cartoon on TV for her daughter before she strangled her to death while she watched. During her confession, she disclosed that the minor begged for her life to be spared.

5-year-old girl begged

“Mummy, don’t kill me”, she quoted her as saying.

After killing her, she tucked Alijah in bed with a blanket and called the child’s dad to inform him that their daughter was dead.

Alijah’s dad David, who is still in shock over the tragic incident, said Madorova is a wonderful person and wouldn’t kill their daughter save for her mental disorder because she is the “most innocent person you could meet”.

He added: “I am shocked by what has happened, this is just not her, she would do anything for Alijah.

“She is not a bad person, she is the best mum.

“There is no hatred towards her, this is a case of mental health. I still have feelings towards her, I’m concerned about her health in prison.

“She was more than my partner, she is my best friend and my soulmate.”

Madorova has now been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.