Fve year old David-Mario Lazar’s mum reportedly screamed ‘my child, my child’ after the horrific attack in Earlsdon, Coventry – a woman who was caring for the boy known as Mario has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act
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The heartbroken parents of a five-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in his home have paid tribute to the “most beautiful child in the world”.
David-Mario Lazar, known to his family and friends as Mario, was found with severe injuries on Poplar Road, in Earlsdon, Coventry on Tuesday.
Despite the efforts of emergency services he was confirmed dead at the scene and a post mortem has revealed he died as a result of a stab wound.
West Midlands Police said in a statement that a 49-year-old woman, known to the family, who was caring for Mario at the time, was arrested on suspicion of murder. She has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Today his devastated parents Cristina and Dorinel paid tribute to their son in a statement issued by police.
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They said: “Our son, he was the most beautiful child in the world.
“He was a very happy boy. He was always smiling from when he woke up to when he went to sleep.
“He had so much energy. He loved to dance and sing. He is all of our hearts, all our love and is everything to both of us.”
The terraced property remains sealed off while officers carry out further forensic examinations.
Superintendent Ronan Tyrer, from Coventry Police, said: “Our investigation continues into the desperately sad death of David-Mario.
“Our specialist officers are supporting their parents and we cannot understand the grief they must feel. Our thoughts are with them.
“David-Mario’s school has been informed and they are contacting parents and carers of their pupils.
“The community are shocked and saddened by this young boy’s death.
“We continue to urge people to avoid speculation on social media or sharing posts which could ultimately add to the family’s distress.”
Neighbors previously described the boy’s horrified mum frantically shouting “my child, my child, call the police, call the police” as she ran to a nearby Co-Op for help.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “We heard lots of screaming and shouting and the mum had run into the Co-Op saying her child had been taken.
“She was saying ‘my child, my child’ and repeatedly saying ‘call the police’. She was in a lot of distress as you can imagine. It was nightmarish.
“We don’t know if the boy was snatched from the home or found at the home, it is still quite confusing but a lot of people are saying he was stabbed, which would just be horrific.
“But police closed the shop so something has gone on there. It is just completely heartbreaking. I’m told they were a foreign family but I don’t know where from.
“The police have made the cordon even bigger this morning, they have been knocking our doors and it has just been completely crazy.”
A mum screamed “my child, my child” as her son was brutally attacked, neighbors said.
She pleaded with people to call the police, who despite their best efforts, confirmed the boy dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, West Midlands Police confirmed that the woman who was arrested, was known to the boy’s family but was not his mother.
Speaking near the scene, Supt Ronan Tyrer said: “I’m here to tell you about an ongoing investigation into the tragic death of a five-year-old child which, understandably, has shocked the community.
“Just after 5pm yesterday, we were called to the Earlsdon area of Coventry and when we arrived we found a young boy, who was just short of his 6th birthday, with multiple injuries.
Despite the extensive efforts of police officers and paramedics, unfortunately nothing could be done to save him.
“At this time, I am unable to provide you with the boys details.
“His wider family have been informed, his parents are being supported and will continue to be supported by dedicated family liason officers during this heartbreaking time.
“We have arrested a 49-year-old woman, she is known to the family. I would like to stress that she is not the boy’s mother.
“She is in custody currently and an extensive investigation is underway. We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
“This incident is shocking and thoughts at this time are with the boy’s family, both immediate and wider family and of course his friends.
“The boy’s school have been informed and are providing the support available through the schools trust and the local authority to parents and pupils.
“Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation I would ask the family’s privacy is respected and that members of the public who have imagery or evidence of the offense contact the police to help progress the investigation.
“I would further ask that consideration be given to the family of the boy, who are clearly devastated, and consider the impact images shared on social media can have and that people consider removing or not sharing social media posts that contain speculation about the incident.
“We will share more detail when we are able.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.
A service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a boy in a serious condition.
“He was already receiving medical attention from police colleagues.
“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.