Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020

Toddler dies days after being found injured at home in suspected murder

A murder investigation has been launched after a toddler died in hospital.

Grace Thorpe, 2, was found seriously injured at a house in New Marske, north Yorkshire, on Tuesday.

She was rushed to hospital but could not be saved and passed away today.

A 26-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr said Grace’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.

He said: ‘Whilst the loss of any life is tragic, the loss of a child is particularly devastating and Grace’s family are understandably distraught. Our thoughts remain with Grace’s family and everyone affected by her loss.

‘We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances leading up to her death and have a dedicated team of officers on the case. We know that Grace’s death will have a huge impact on the community.

‘We have officers in the local area and anyone who would like to speak to someone can approach the team.

‘We would also urge people to be mindful of what they post on social media, particularly in regards to speculation. This is in active legal case and we do have someone in police custody.

‘Please bear in mind the impact any comments could have on the case, and on Grace’s family during this extremely difficult time.’

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