In a statement, Thomas's family said: "As a family, we are all truly devastated and deeply shocked by the tragedy we have all suffered and the loss of our little baby boy.
"We are a private family and, as such, we would ask the media allow us time to grieve in peace and come to terms with this tragic situation we have all found ourselves in.
"We are aware that there are numerous stories in circulation at present. However, we would ask that only official police statements given by Greater Manchester Police are taken as factually correct."
More top news
Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films, has died peacefully at the age of 85, his agent has said.
Feeling much cooler on Wednesday
Enjoy today! Cooler tomorrow