UPDATE: Manslaughter probe into toddler death

Flowers and police at a house in Jameson Street following the death of a baby.
Flowers and police at a house in Jameson Street following the death of a baby.
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Detectives have today been given more time to question two people arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a two-year-old girl in Blackpool.

A 29-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both from Blackpool, are being held as part of investigations into the death of Sophie Jones.

Two-year-old Sophie was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday night after suffering a suspected heart attack but later died.

A post mortem failed to confirm the cause of death and toxicology tests have now been ordered.

Police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Jameson Street, Blackpool, at 11.45pm on Tuesday after it was reported the girl had gone into cardiac arrest.

Police originally arrested four people, including the couple currently in custody, on suspicion of child neglect but a 65-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man have since been released without charge.

The 29-year-old and 41-year-old have since been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and attempting to pervert the course of justice. They continue to be questioned.

Lancashire Police applied to Blackpool Magistrates Court for more time to question the two suspects and were granted a further 36 hours for each, which gives them until 2am on Saturday.

Det Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This is a tragic incident where a little girl has lost her life. A full investigation is underway to try to establish exactly what has happened. Specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family.”


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