The three-year-old boy who died after falling into a relative’s pond as he played in the back garden has been named as Callum Grahame Greenwood.
The toddler was found at the property in Elswick Road, Newcastle, 10 minutes after he was reported missing from the same property at around 6:45pm on Thursday evening. He was later pronounced dead at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Neighbours on the street witnessed the emergency services’ efforts to save the boy.
Next-door neighbour Paul Taylor, 37, a plasterer, said: "I'd been out to get an Indian and when I came back there was a massive police search on.
"They had closed off the road and the ambulance was there.
"I saw somebody in a blanket being carried into the ambulance.
"I thought obviously something terrible had happened but I didn't know what."
He added: "It's hard to believe this has happened to someone of that age."
His partner, Emma Taylor, 38, said: "We could see people crying and screaming. A woman was hysterical.
"When we saw someone being bundled into the ambulance, we still didn't know.
"The people next door are very private. We have since heard the boy was their daughter's child, who had come for a visit."
Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northumbria Police, said on Thursday: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
"They are understandably absolutely devastated and officers with specialist training are providing them with support."
Officers are carrying out an inquiry and will prepare a report for the coroner.Reuse content