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Heartbreak Mum devastated as man arrested over death of tragic toddler Ali (2) in Tyrone

A post-mortem is due to take place to establish her cause of death.

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Tragic toddler Ali Maguire

Tragic toddler Ali Maguire

Tragic toddler Ali Maguire

The family of a two-year-old girl who died in suspicious circumstances were last night comforting her devastated mum.

Heartbroken Jade Maguire - who is originally from Dublin - had been by her daughter Ali's bedside as she fought for her life after suffering head injuries at a house in Dungannon on Friday afternoon.

The child, known affectionately as AJ, had been transferred by ambulance from a house in the Park Avenue area.

Despite the best efforts of emergency crews and doctors, little Ali died in hospital.

Police investigating the circumstances of the tot's death yesterday confirmed that a 32-year-old man - who is known to the child's family - has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Jade Maguire.

Jade Maguire.

Jade Maguire.

He remains in police custody, according to a PSNI statement released yesterday.

A post-mortem is due to take place to establish her cause of death.

In the hours before the devastating news broke, the two-year-old's family had asked for prayers on social media as little Ali fought for her life.

Her aunt Cuirnán wrote on Facebook: "Everyone please say a prayer for my little princess, everything will be OK AJ, mammy is with you."

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Police cordon off the scene in Dungannon.

Police cordon off the scene in Dungannon.

Police cordon off the scene in Dungannon.

Hours later, grandfather Jerry Maguire broke the devastating news that his granddaughter had died.

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"I'm absolutely heartbroken still doesn't feel real my little girl granddaughter Ali was given her wings today," he wrote on Facebook.

"Fly high baby girl, granda will miss u and love you loads. Look after your mum, brothers and sister."

It's understood the little girl and her family had just recently moved to Dungannon.

As relatives travelled across the border to comfort the 23-year-old, social media tributes continued to flood in.

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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

One relative wrote: "Still can't get my head around it I'm so numb I'm gonna be lost with you aj".

"Sleep tight in your beautiful bed of roses and help all our broken hearts get through this".

Another said: "You were way too good for this earth...May you rest in peace precious lil angel (sic)".

Touching pictures shared by the tot's family show her celebrating her second birthday just a few months ago.

Yesterday, neighbours in the quiet Park Avenue street where she had taken ill at a house told of their horror at the tragedy.

One local, who asked not to be named, said the community had been left both "shocked" and "numb".

"We can't get our heads around it," they said.

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Flowers left at the scene.

Flowers left at the scene.

Flowers left at the scene.

"The first we knew something was wrong was when emergency crews sped up the street.

"Then the air ambulance landed and we knew something terrible had happened. Our hearts are broken for the little girl and her family."

The terraced house where tragedy struck is not believed to have been the family home.

According to locals, police forensic teams sealed the property off for a number of hours.

A number of PSNI vehicles remained outside the empty property yesterday, as detectives carried out door-to-door inquiries.

The man who lived in the house had only recently moved in, according to locals.

"He moved in about four months ago and you'd see him regularly walking his dog up and down the street regularly.

"His girlfriend and her children would regularly visit."

Speaking yesterday, Fermanagh-South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said the community had been stunned by the news.

"The local community is in shock at the news that a two-year-old child has died in an incident in the Park Avenue area of Dungannon," she said.

"My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.

"A police murder investigation is underway and that must be allowed to proceed and I would call on anyone with any information which may help those inquiries to contact the PSNI."

Former First Minister Arlene Foster, an MLA for the area, said: "Another tragic death in the constituency - this time a little girl.

"Thinking of all those dealing with this awful event, and trying to make sense of it all."

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: "The child was admitted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Friday, August 6) after Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended an address in Park Avenue in Dungannon. The child later died in hospital.

"As part of our investigation, we have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder, and he remains in custody this morning.

"A post-mortem will be conducted to establish the cause of the child's death.

"Our thoughts are with the child's family, which is being supported by Family Liaison Officers."

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