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Second person arrested in murder probe after body of two-year-old found

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
The scene of the discovery
The scene of the discovery

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old girl.

The toddler, who has not been named by police, was found dead after the emergency services were called to a terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent shortly before 10am on Monday.

A 19-year-old woman and a man aged 22 have been detained by officers investigating the death, who have also sealed off an alleyway behind the property in Packett Street, Fenton.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday to establish cause of death.

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior officer in the inquiry, said: "Our thoughts are with the little girl's family at this time.

"This is a very distressing incident and we are doing all we can to support those affected.

"A detailed investigation is under way to understand the circumstances of what has happened and police activity will continue in the area."

Neighbours said they believed police had forced entry to the house by smashing a window in the front door.

A resident in Packett Street, who asked not to be named, told reporters: "I don't know who lived there but I don't think they've been there very long.

"We've not been told why the alleyway was closed. It's just a shock that they're investigating a death."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two doctors were sent to the scene at about 9.55am.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "On arrival at the incident, crews discovered a child who was sadly confirmed deceased.

"They also treated a woman at the scene before she was transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital."