Boy found dead on New Year’s Eve ‘loved Christmas and riding his dad’s shoulders’


Dylan Scanlon was found dead in the property in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at around 6.20pm on New Year’s Eve – a woman has been detained by police

Dylan Scanlon was found dead on New Year's Eve
Dylan Scanlon was found dead on New Year’s Eve

A boy who was found dead on New Year’s Eve had loved Christmas and riding his dad’s shoulders, his devastated father has revealed.

Little Dylan Scanlon was found dead in the property in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at around 6.20pm.

A woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Heartbroken dad Gary Keenan, who is thought to be separated from the child’s mum, described the “cheeky” youngster as his “best mate”.

Gary paid tribute to his little boy saying hews “full excitement” as he loved a McDonald’s and riding on daddy’s shoulders.

In a statement released by Greater Manchester Police on his behalf, Gary said: “Dylan was my best mate. He was a happy, funny and cheeky little boy, who was full of excitement – especially about doing new things.

Dylan’s dad described him as a ‘happy, funny and cheeky little boy’
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“Dylan loved going to school, playing with his friends and dogs and going for drives with me to parks and lakes. He loved being at the lake but not walking around it – he was there for the ice cream, a ride on daddy’s shoulders and a McDonald’s on the way home.

“His favourite times of year were Christmas and his birthday – he knew he’d be spoiled.

“I’ve been looking through memories on my phone – videos of him crawling and learning how to walk. I will always remember his face when I got home from work – he was always happy to see me and I loved spending any time with him that I could.


Dylan Scanlon died at a house in Oldham as his father says his favourite times of year were Christmas and his birthday
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“Dylan will be sadly missed by all family and friends, especially his brother, who he loved and absolutely adored. I loved watching them playing with each other, looking after each other and just doing what brothers do.

“On behalf of my family, I ask people to respect our privacy.”

In a previous Facebook post, Gary wrote: “To my Dylan, I love you more than everything in this world.

“You were my best friend and I’m really going to miss you son, sweet dreams and we will meet again one day, love you son. R.I.P love daddy.”

Greater Manchester Police were called to Elm Road, Limeside, at around 6.20pm on New Year’s Eve
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He has also since shared details online about a balloon release for little Dylan tomorrow at the home.

Police are still investigating the cause of death.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “At around 6.20pm on Friday 31 December 2021, police were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident at a property on Elm Road in the Limeside area. Dylan Scanlon, aged five, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding and the cause of his death is ongoing. A woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 0161 856 1995 quoting 2284 31/12/21. Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.




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