Dad’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘best friend’ son, 5, after he is found dead in home

A woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act after Dylan Scanlon was discovered dead in a home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on New Year’s Eve, with neighbours leaving floral tributes at the scene

Dylan Scanlon's dad has described him as his 'best friend' in a heartbreaking tribute
Dylan Scanlon’s dad has described him as his ‘best friend’ in a heartbreaking tribute

A dad has paid tribute to his five-year-old son after he was dead in a home on New Year’s Eve.

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.

Dylan’s heartbroken dad Gary Keenan, who is thought to be separated from the child’s mum, described the youngster as his ‘best friend’.

He wrote on Facebook: “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.”

Dylan was found dead inside a home in Oldham, with neighbours leaving floral tributes outside


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Neighbours have since left flowers and a teddy bear outside the home, with one heartbreaking tribute saying ‘It’s a cruel world – RIP Little One’.

One local said the boy’s mum begged neighbours for help – and one woman entered the home and performed CPR on him.

They told The Sun: “The boy’s mum came out into the street and shouted: ‘He can’t breathe’.

“A woman, who lives a few doors away, heard what was going on and went into the house.

“She saw the boy slumped on the sofa and performed CPR on him. But it was too late and he couldn’t be saved.”

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


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Another neighbour described Dylan as a ‘beautiful little boy’.

Police have since cordoned off the property and forensics officers are carrying out checks, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Officers confirmed the case will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, due to ‘previous contact’.

This morning, several heartfelt floral tributes had been placed at the scene outside a house.

A cordon remained in place outside a house, with one police car stationed outside.

One of the tributes read ‘It’s a cruel world – RIP Little One’


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One officer stood guard as a detective in a forensic suit went inside.

Last night, forensic officers were at the scene as an investigation was launched.

In a statement issued yesterday, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “An investigation is underway following the death of a child in Oldham.

“At around 6.20pm on Friday 31 December 2021, we were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident at a property on Elm Road in the Limeside area.

“A child was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the death.

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

Detective Superintendent Chris Packer added: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this heart-breaking time. Specialist officers will offer them support.

“Our investigation is in the early stages and we’d ask anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers immediately.

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“Due to previous police contact, this incident has been referred to our Professional Standards Branch and will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“This sad news is bound to cause distress in the community but I would like to offer reassurance that we are doing everything we can to establish the circumstances.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3656 quoting 2284 31/12/21.

Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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