Emotional tributes have been paid to a nine-year-old boy whose “unexplained” death has led to two arrests.
The schoolboy, named Alfie, was airlifted to hospital after emergency services were called to a house in Droitwich, Worcestershire, but medics were unable to save his life.
He has been branded “a lovely little boy” by one of his friends, and his family have spoken of their heartbreak.
Alfie’s mum has been identified as Carla Scott, who lives with her partner, named by friends as Dean.
A mum of one Alfie’s heartbroken friends said her son wanted to pay tribute to his pal.
Bailey Parton’s mum said, her son said: “He was a lovely little boy.”
Today police said a 39-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.
A member of Alfie’s family said they were all “shocked to the core with grief”.
The relative, who did not want to be named, said: “We don’t know at this stage what happened and the police have told us not to say to much.
“We have not seen Carla or the kids since the beginning of lockdown.
“I spoke to one of the kids yesterday after it happened. We’re just shocked to the core with grief.”
The lad, who attended Witton Middle School in the town, was described as “well mannered” and “a massive Arsenal fan”.
A neighbour said: “All the kids were lovely and Alfie was very well mannered and polite.
“It’s absolutely horrific what has happened to him. His grandparents live nearby and will be devastated.
“I understand Alfie was a massive Arsenal fan like his granddad.”
Carla’s parents, who live two miles away from their daughter, were too upset to comment.
A friend, who lives nearby, said: “I was actually taking a nap and heard the helicopter it looked like it was landing on the houses so was incredibly loud.
“I went outside my house and was stood outside and was just watching for around 20 minutes.
“The air ambulance people landed on the grass next to their house as it’s the end one and then the paramedics got off and suited in white suits and went straight in.
“But they went in and within five minutes came out carrying the little boy in their arms.”
The pal said Alfie and his three siblings would often be seen outside their home, saying: “It’s really sad though, I have children myself and I used to see their kids playing outside by my house.
“They’d be sat waving at me through the window.
“They were always out playing and seemed like good kids.”
Another neighbour said: “It’s terribly sad what’s happened.”
West Mercia Police say his death is currently being treated as “unexplained” while a man and woman were arrested.
Detective Inspector Ed Slough, said: “This is a tragic incident that has seen a young boy lose his life and our thoughts are with his family at this awful time.
“We are currently treating the boy’s death as unexplained and are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances.”