When she saw her mother's face covered in blood on Saturday night, the 10-year-old girl panicked and ran next door to ask for help.
The neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Madam Misnah, 51, told Shin Min Daily News: "She told my husband that her mother had fallen and was not moving, and there was blood on her face."
When Madam Misnah's husband got there, he saw the girl's mother lying in the bedroom in a pool of blood.
She had been stabbed multiple times.
A 37-year-old man has been arrested, said police. He is expected to be charged in court today with murder, which carries the death penalty.
SCENE OF CRIME: The flat in Yishun Ring Road where the woman was found. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Neighbours said the victim, a 29-year-old woman, was his wife.
The incident is believed to have happened at around 8.30pm on Saturday, after an argument.
The woman died eight hours later at 4.26am at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).
Police said they received a call at about 9pm, requesting for help at a unit in Block 342B, Yishun Ring Road.
When they arrived, they found a 29-year-old woman with injuries in the flat.
EVIDENCE: Forensics officers at the scene. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
She was conscious when she was taken by ambulance to KTPH.
Madam Misnah said the woman, whom she identified as Madam Sri Idayu Ghazali, was a clerk and that she had moved into the Yishun flat with her family about a year ago.
It was also about the same time that Madam Misnah's family moved in next door and the two families became close.
Madam Misnah said there were eight people living in Madam Sri Idayu's flat - Madam Sri Idayu, her husband, their two daughters, her parents, her sister and a maid.
"The two girls would often come over and play. Whenever we make something special for dinner, we would give them some and they would reciprocate," she said.
She told a Shin Min reporter that before the stabbing, she heard loud arguments coming from Madam Sri Idayu's flat.
A resident who lives upstairs said he heard quarrelling at about 8pm on Saturday.
The man, who wanted to be known only as Mr Lim, said he then heard piercing screams, followed by silence.
Residents said they saw the woman's husband being questioned by the police at the void deck before he was handcuffed and taken away in a patrol car.
This article was first published on Aug 15, 2016. Get The New Paper for more stories.