Police investigate possibility that toddler died after drinking heroin substitute Methadone

Police said today detectives were investigating whether Methadone was removed from the house before paramedics arrived

Police investigating the death of Lancashire toddler Sophie Jones are examining the possibility that she died after drinking the heroin substitute Methadone.

The two-year-old was taken to hospital from an address in Jameson Street at about 11.45pm on Tuesday night after she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest. She later died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A post-mortem examination has so far failed to ascertain the cause of death and toxicology tests have been ordered. Police said today detectives were investigating whether a substance, possibly Methadone, was removed from the house before paramedics arrived.

A 29-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man are being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and attempting to pervert the course of justice. A 65-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man were also arrested but later released.

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, of Lancashire Police, said: "This is a tragic incident where a little girl has lost her life.

"A full investigation is under way to try to establish exactly what has happened. Specially trained officers are offering support to the family."

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