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Man charged with murdering two-year-old boy in Dorset

Two-year-old Harry House died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen Credit: Family

A man has appeared in court today, Thursday 13 October, charged with the murder of two-year-old Harry House in the village of Broadmayne in Dorset.

Police were called out by the ambulance service to an address in Main Street on Thursday 26 May 2016 where Harry was discovered seriously ill.

Harry was found seriously ill at the family's home in Broadmayne Credit: ITV News

Harry was taken to Dorset County Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination found that Harry died as a result of a blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

21-year-old Joseph Eke - who is the partner of Harry's mother and lived with them in Main Street - has been remanded in custody charged with murder and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow, Friday 14 October 2016. He also faces a second charge of committing grievous bodily harm to Harry on Sunday 27 March 2016.

A 22-year-old woman from the Dorchester area, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released without charge.

Following a thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

Family liaison officers have updated Harry’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of the Major Crime Investigation Team

Both the police and the CPS have warned people not to share anything online that could prejudice the case.

Flowers at the family home in Broadmayne Credit: ITV News