Toddler killed by falling brick wall hit by his father as he parked lorry in Birmingham

Amaan Yaseen's family have spoken of their devastation at the tragedy

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The family of a toddler who was killed when his father knocked down a wall as he was parking a lorry have spoken of their devastation.

Amaan Yaseen, who was 19 months old, suffered a serious head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene in Stechford on Monday.

Police said his father was parking the recovery vehicle near the family home at 5pm when it hit a wall, which then fell on his son.

The unnamed man is being supported by specially trained officers after the tragedy as they continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Amaan’s family paid tribute to the little boy, saying: “This is a very tragic and traumatic incident for any parent to have to experience. These parents are distraught and shocked.

Flowers were left outside the home as friends and family gathered to express their condolences today

"Amaan was a lovely little boy, who brought with him a lot of joy and happiness for the entire family, particularly his parents, and he will be deeply missed.”

The statement thanked the West Midlands Ambulance Service for their efforts to save the child and asked the media to respect the family’s privacy so they could mourn their loss.

Ambulances, paramedics, emergency doctors and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were on the scene within minutes but a spokesperson said "nothing could be done".

Roy Ives, a carer who lives in nearby, was walking back from a friend's house when he saw the aftermath of the crash.

A woman lays flowers where Amaan Yaseen died

“Out the corner of my eye on the right I saw this block of bricks fall down - at the time I didn't think much of it," he said.

“Then about eight seconds later I was opposite where it happened and I saw his little body lying on the pavement. It was horrendous.”

Mr Ives said he has been unable to eat since the accident because he was so distressed.

Inspector Paul Bennett, from West Midlands Police’s collision investigation unit, said: “This was a tragic incident and officers continue to support the family and establish what exactly happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting log number 1637 16/3/2015.

Additional reporting by PA