Police investigating ‘unexplained’ death of toddler in Fife

Child’s death due to ‘tragic set of circumstances’ but not looking for anyone else

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The Independent Online

Police in Scotland are investigating the “unexplained” death of a toddler found in a house in Fife on Saturday.

An ambulance was called to a house on Donald Crescent in the Thornton area of Fife at 8pm yesterday. The crew are understood to have then alerted Police to what has been described as a serious incident.

Police are treating the death of the two-year-old boy as “unexplained”, calling the incident a “tragic set of circumstances”. They confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

Superintendent Dougie Milton said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances where, sadly, a two-year-old boy has lost his life.

“We are undertaking a thorough investigation and working with and supporting the immediate family.

“I can reassure the local community that at this time Police Scotland are not looking for anyone else in relation to this unexplained death.”

Local residents told BBC Scotland that two ambulances and five or six police cars had been called to the property on Saturday night, and forensics teams had worked at the house into the early hours of Sunday morning.

A post mortem will be carried in the coming days to establish how the child died.

Superintendent Milton told the BBC that the boy had been inside the house when he was found.

He said: “It is the early stages of the investigation. There are numerous lines of enquiry, a lot of work to be done still, and that is where we are at this time.”

 “It would be unfair at this time, and not right, to speculate on the cause of the death,” he added.

Police remained at the house until Sunday afternoon as investigations were carried out.