Saiba Khatoon, 26, had told friends of her delight that she was expecting her second child only hours before she was found dead at her home in Kirkholt.
A young mum found stabbed to death at her home was 18 weeks pregnant, we can reveal. Saiba Khatoon, 26, had told friends of her delight that she was expecting her second child only hours before she was found dead. Police were called to her house in Kirkholt, Rochdale, by paramedics after reports a woman had suffered stab wounds. Witnesses told how her eight-year-old son Faris, who she had from a previous marriage, was seen running out of the house and knocking on doors to raise the alarm at around 11.30pm on Monday. He eventually roused a next-door neighbour who went into the house in Darlington Road and discovered Saiba, it is understood. An ambulance was called but paramedics were unable to save her. A post-mortem was due to be to carried out last night. Ms Khatoon is believed to have worked as a care worker for the disabled. Shocked friends and neighbours said the young mum and son had seemed like ‘a happy family’. Friend Elisha Barnes, 26, said: "At about 11.30pm, the little boy was running over the road shouting and banging on the door. We’re all baffled as to what’s gone on. She was 18 weeks pregnant and had just started telling everyone. They always seemed like such a happy family. They mingled with everyone. "She used to give everyone presents at Christmas. She came to my wedding. For the last two years, we’ve been out celebrating her birthday. "She was very pretty – she was quite a girly girl. That little boy will be lost without his mum." A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "When I woke up their alarm was going off – their son came running over here and knocked on the door but we were asleep. "Then other neighbours heard and came and got him and then they went in and found her. They called police. I just can’t believe it. She was a really decent person. She’s got a lot of friends, she’s a top girl. She was always smiling – she was a really happy, sweet person." ≈ Siraj Arif, who is in his 30s, and who is believed to have been in a relationship with Saiba, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.