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Dad of hit-and-run girl appeals for suspect to return

Little Violet-Grace was killed after she was hit by a car in St Helens Photo: Youens family

The father of Violet-Grace Youens, who was killed after she was hit by a suspected stolen car in St Helens of Friday, has appealed for a man suspected of being involved to return to the UK to face justice.

In a heartbreaking post on Facebook, Glenn Youens compares his four-year-old daughter to a superhero for donating her organs to others and helping save two live.

He wrote:

Credit: Facebook

This is a post for Aidan McAteer. This what a real superhero like looks. This is the superhero you took away not just from me but also [Violet-Grace's mother] Rebecca and the many many people who love and care for her.

I am now begging you from the bottom of my broken heart to please, please hand yourself in and please let us begin to grieve. We feel we can not do this until you face up to what you have done.

Violet took what you did to her, taking her life in such a cruel way like a real superhero and donated her organs so at least 2 family's can have an amazing gift of life again! It's now time for you to take your punishment like a real man!

Please I beg everyone please share this and get the message to him. (sic)

– Glenn Youens

Violet-Grace Youens died in hospital in her mother's arms on Saturday after she was struck by a stolen black Ford Fiesta while walking through St Helens, Merseyside, on Friday.

Her grandmother, Angela French, 55, was also injured in the crash and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Aidan McAteer is believed to have fled the country and British police say they want him to return in connection with the child's death.

Yesterday his mother said she felt "numb" after seeing a CCTV image released by police after the crash of her son.

She said she contacted police after seeing the photo: