Murder investigation launched after five-year-old boy dies

A murder investigation has been launched after a five-year-old boy died from injuries he received in a car fire.

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Murder investigation launched after five-year-old boy dies

A murder investigation has been launched after a five-year-old boy died from injuries he received in a car fire.

Tommy Sheldon, from Southampton, sustained life-threatening injuries after being rescued from the fire in Merdon Castle Lane in Hursley on Monday, August 11 and he died on Monday, August 25.

Tommy Sheldon, from Southampton, died after sustaining life-threatening injuries Credit: Hampshire Police

His mother and sister, who were also injured as a result of this incident, are continuing to receive hospital treatment.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due to course to establish the cause of death.

No arrests have been made in relation to this investigation and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Detectives are conducting a range of enquiries to establish how it started and all options are being considered, including whether the fire was started deliberately.

Detective Inspector Simon Baker, from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, said: “Despite Tommy’s battle to survive his injuries, sadly he has lost his fight for life.

“This tragic news means that our investigation now becomes a murder enquiry.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have been affected by this distressing incident and specially trained officers are continuing to support them at this difficult time.

“The nature of the injuries suffered by all those involved and the need to ensure their health and recovery takes priority, means that this will be a lengthy investigation spanning many weeks."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, quoting Operation Ursa, by calling 101.

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