The devastated father of a toddler at the heart of a murder investigation has paid an emotional tribute to his daughter.
Two-year-old Kacey Hambleton is believed to have died of head and liver injuries last Saturday.
Her dad, Russell Hambleton said: “The whole family has been left absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Kacey’s death. My little princess is gone and I feel like my heart has been ripped out.
“Kacey was a beautiful little girl with so much to live for; she has been taken from us far too soon.
“As a family we are trying to take each day as it comes and we would ask that we are left alone to grieve in peace.”
Kacey was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Thursday April 10 after paramedics were called to her home on Granby Avenue, Layton. She was later taken by air ambulance to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she died two days later.
Connor Gibson, 23,of Melrose Avenue, Blackpool, is accused of murder and will appear at Preston Crown Court in July.
Kacey’s mother has been arrested in connection with the child’s death and is currently on police bail.