Devastated neighbours today told of their ongoing struggle to come to terms with the death of a toddler on their street.
People living on Jameson Street, in central Blackpool, say their community is now recovering from the “tragic disaster” of Sophie Jones’ death.
The two-year-old died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being taken there from an address in Jameson Street last Tuesday.
And neighbours living close to that address have described to The Gazette their attempts to come to terms with what has happened.
Adrian Walenciej, 32, who lives next door to the house where Sophie lived, said: “It’s a tragic disaster.
“I’m the father of a two-year-old girl, so it is sad, it’s devastating.”
James Mills, 20, who has lived on Jameson Street for the past year, said: “I’m still taking it in, everyone is.
“We’re finding it hard.
“It’s a big shock for the area.”
Sacha Borrie, 28, lives on nearby Freckleton Street.
She said: “When I found out I burst into tears.
“It’s devastating because we used to look after Sophie.”
Another neighbour, Craig Humphries, 25, added that while he did not know the family well, the news of the toddler’s death had been “horrible”.
Little Sophie’s mother, Michelle King, 29, and her co-accused, Barry Jones, 41, have been charged with causing or allowing her death.
The pair have been remanded in custody.