Murder investigation underway after death of toddler

Two-year-old Harry was found dead in Broadmayne Credit: ITV West Country

A murder investigation is underway after the death of a two-year-old boy in Dorset.

Police were called to a house in Broadmayne on the morning of Thursday 26 May 2016. A child was taken to Dorset County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police were called to a house in Broadmayne near Dorchester on Wednesday Credit: ITV News

A man and a woman, both aged 21 and from the Dorchester area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently assisting police with their enquiries. They were both known to the child.

I can confirm that following the post-mortem examination yesterday, Wednesday 1 June 2016, the tragic death of this young boy is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation, led by the Major Crime Investigation Team, has been launched as a result.

Det Ch Insp Sarah Derbyshire, Dorset Police

Local Neighbourhood Inspector Mike Darby told ITV:

"This is a murder investigation, we need to establish the facts of what happened. Our detectives are working very hard with specialist officers to identify the circumstances and the facts around this poor child's death".

He adds

"I appreciate the incident has impacted on this close-knit community, but it is important we understand the full circumstances surrounding the death.

An investigation has been launched and there may be some police presence in the village while detectives carry out their investigations.

"If anyone in the local community has concerns, they can speak to their local Neighbourhood Policing Team who will be able to offer reassurances.

Insp Darby has also issued a warning against people posting comments on Facebook.

"I would also like to remind the public that certain legal constraints apply as people have been arrested in connection with this investigation. Therefore Dorset Police would hate for anyone to accidentally impact on the investigation by posting well-intended but inappropriate comments on social media."

Flowers have been laid at the scene of the tragedy Credit: ITV News