Two-year-old girl dies in hospital after she was found injured at house as man, 26, is arrested on suspicion of murder
- Grace Thorpe was rushed to the Royal Infirmary in Newcastle on Tuesday
- Sadly, officers have since confirmed that the toddler passed away today
- A 26-year-old man has been arrested and remains in custody, police said
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a two-year-old girl died in hospital.
Grace Thorpe was rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after police were called to a report of an injured child on Dale Street, New Marske, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday morning.
Sadly, officers have confirmed that she passed away today.
A 26-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Grace Thorpe was rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after police were called to a report of an injured child on Dale Street, New Marske, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday morning. Sadly, officers have confirmed that she passed away today
Police say Grace’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Carr, said: ‘Whilst the loss of any life is tragic, the loss of a child is particularly devastating and Grace’s family are understandably distraught.
‘Our thoughts remain with Grace’s family and everyone affected by her loss.
‘We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances leading up to her death and have a dedicated team of officers on the case. We know that Grace’s death will have a huge impact on the community. We have officers in the local area and anyone who would like to speak to someone can approach the team.
‘We would also urge people to be mindful of what they post on social media, particularly in regards to speculation. This is in active legal case and we do have someone in police custody.
‘Please bear in mind the impact any comments could have on the case, and on Grace’s family during this extremely difficult time.’
A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.
Meanwhile, tearful neighbours in the narrow street of terraced houses in New Marske were preparing tonight for a candlelit vigil for Grace.
One mother said: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking to hear the news she has died, she was such a beautiful little girl.
‘During clap for carers she would come to the door with her mum and wave across the street at my little girl who is about the same age.
‘She would also get excited and wave whenever she saw me out with my dog. It’s completely devastating that she’s died and that it’s being treated as a murder.’
Police outside the property in Dale Street on New Marske after ambulance crews and the air ambulance were called on Tuesday morning
The police and ambulance were called at around 10am on Tuesday morning having received an emergency call.
They initially treated the incident as an accident in the belief that Grace had suffered a fall.
The incident happened while her mother was at work in a local B&M store.
The little’s girl’s parent rushed back from work when the alarm was raised but had to wait on the street with her partner while emergency crews fought to save Grace.
Another neighbour said: ‘I realised there was something happening and looked out of my bedroom window to see the street was full of police cars and ambulances.
‘A rescue helicopter landed on a field behind the street but Grace was taken to hospital in an emergency car. I was told the car had to pull over to resuscitate her on the way to hospital.
‘Everyone on the street has been affected by this and the village as a whole. It’s a small village where everyone knows each other and there have been a lot of tears for that little girl.
‘She was a gorgeous, smiley, blonde haired little thing, always so cheerful. I was praying that she’d pull through but I found out she had died when her dad posted it on social media.
‘He and her mum are separated and I feel for them both and the whole family right now, I can’t imagine what they’re going through.’
Scenes of crime officers in white forensic suits continued to comb the mid-terraced house in the seaside village on the North Yorks coast tonight.