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RIP Police investigating Ali Jayden Maguire's death arrest woman (24) as family pay tribute

It comes as detectives were yesterday granted more time to question a man on suspicion of the murder of Ali Jayden Maguire (2) on Friday afternoon

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Ali Jayden Maguire suffered catastrophic head injuries

Ali Jayden Maguire suffered catastrophic head injuries

Ali Jayden Maguire suffered catastrophic head injuries

Police investigating the death of a toddler in her Co Tyrone home have arrested a woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

It comes as detectives were yesterday granted more time to question a man on suspicion of the murder of Ali Jayden Maguire (2) on Friday afternoon.

She was found with serious head injuries at her home at Park Avenue, Dungannon.

The 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, causing or permitting the death of a child, and child cruelty. She was being held in police custody last night.

Meanwhile, family members have paid tribute to Ali, with her grandfather describing her as his "pride and joy".

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Jade Maguire.

Jade Maguire.

Jade Maguire.

According to locals, Ali's mother, Jade Maguire - who is originally from Finglas in Dublin - had left her daughter and six-month-old son with the man who is now being quizzed by police while she went shopping for baby supplies.

While she was away, a 999 call was made and paramedics attended the property on Park Avenue.

Toddler Ali Jayden, known by her mother as AJ, suffered catastrophic head injuries.

Paramedics rushed the little girl to hospital. However, she died from her injuries.

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Flowers and soft toys left at the scene in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, where a two-year-old who was found injured on Friday afternoon was rushed to hospital and later died (Liam McBurney/PA)

Flowers and soft toys left at the scene in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, where a two-year-old who was found injured on Friday afternoon was rushed to hospital and later died (Liam McBurney/PA)

Flowers and soft toys left at the scene in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, where a two-year-old who was found injured on Friday afternoon was rushed to hospital and later died (Liam McBurney/PA)

It was initially claimed Ali had suffered a fall and banged her head on a fireplace.

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However, after an initial medical examination, police launched a murder inquiry, arresting the man who had been left in charge of the child.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out.

Ms Maguire and her two children had been living in a bungalow in the cul-de-sac around 6km outside Dungannon, Co Tyrone, for less than a year.

Her father, Jerry Maguire, has expressed his devastation at the tragedy while asking for privacy for his daughter.

He said he was heartbroken over the news.

"Just can't get my head round this my pride and joy rip," Mr Maguire wrote in a social media post.

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The house at Park Avenue, Dungannon, where Ali was found with head injuries

The house at Park Avenue, Dungannon, where Ali was found with head injuries

The house at Park Avenue, Dungannon, where Ali was found with head injuries

The grandfather also posted on his Facebook page: "On behalf of my daughter Jade Maguire and family we would like thanks for all your kind messages and support I ask that my daughter be given privacy at this time and be left to grief (sic) for her child…"

Ms Maguire's sister, Stacey Dempsey, paid an emotional tribute to the toddler on social media.

"I can't believe I am writing this, Lord please give my sister all the love, support and strength she needs," she wrote.

"Rest in paradise baby girl, my beautiful niece, too good for this earth Ali Jayden, forever 2".

Members of the PSNI yesterday remained at the cordoned-off scene at Park Avenue and house-to-house inquiries were carried out.

A second property in the Co Tyrone town was also visited by the police.

Members of the local community left flowers and cuddly toys at the garden fence of the house and prayers were said in local churches for the family of the little girl.

One elderly neighbour said he had lived in the street for more than 40 years and had never known a tragedy like it.

"This is a quiet place, a quiet street, we're all just in shock," he said.

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