A mother screamed “my son, my son” as her five-year-old son was “stabbed to death” before police arrested a suspect.
Officers found the seriously injured boy just before 6pm Tuesday at his home in Earlsdon, Coventry.
Despite the paramedic’s best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene and authorities took a 49-year-old woman into custody on suspicion of murder.
The horrified mother of the victim screamed in terror: “my son, my son, call the police, call the police” as she ran to a nearby co-op for help, according to the Mirror.
One resident, who wished to be identified, said: “We heard a lot of screaming and screaming and the mother had run into the co-op saying her son had been taken.
“She would say ‘my son, my son’ and repeatedly say ‘call the police’. I was very distraught, as you can imagine. It was a nightmare.”
“We don’t know if the boy was taken from the house or found in the house. It’s still quite confusing, but a lot of people are saying he was stabbed, which would be horrible.”
“But the police closed the store, so something happened there. It’s completely heartbreaking. They told me they were a foreign family, but I don’t know from where.”
“The police have made the cordon even bigger this morning, they’ve been knocking on our doors and it’s been crazy.”
West Midlands Police confirmed on Wednesday that the woman arrested was not the child’s mother, but was known to the family.
Speaking near the scene, Superintendent Ronan Tyrer said: “I am here to update you on an ongoing investigation into the tragic death of a five-year-old boy which has understandably shocked the community.”
“Just after 5pm yesterday we were called to the Earlsdon area of Coventry and when we arrived we found a boy, who was about to turn 6, with multiple injuries.
“Despite the great efforts of the police and paramedics, unfortunately nothing could be done to save him.
“At this time, I cannot provide you with the details of the boys.
“Her wider family has been informed, her parents are being supported and will continue to be supported by dedicated Family Liaison 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 child’s mother.
“She is currently in custody and a thorough investigation is underway. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with 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 child’s school has been informed and is providing the support available through the school trust and the local authority for parents and pupils.
“Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, I would ask that the privacy of the family be respected and that members of the public who have images or evidence of the crime contact the police to help move the investigation forward.
“In addition, I would ask that the family of the child, who is clearly devastated, be considered and consider the impact that 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 details when we can.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it dispatched two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the intensive care car from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulances to the scene.
A spokesman for the service said: “Upon arrival, teams discovered a child in serious condition.
“He was already receiving medical care from fellow police officers.
“The ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the boy and his death was confirmed at the scene.”
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