Boy, 13, dies after being found unconscious in park in south Wales

Carson Price's death is being treated as unexplained

Saturday 13 April 2019 19:43
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Police search a park in South Wales where a 13-year-old boy died after being found unconscious on Friday evenings
Police search a park in South Wales where a 13-year-old boy died after being found unconscious on Friday evenings

A 13-year-old boy who died after being found unconscious in a south Wales park has been named locally as Carson Price.

The youngster was discovered close to a rugby pitch at Ystrad Mynach Park, in Caerphilly, at 7.20pm on Friday.

He was rushed to hospital in Cardiff but was pronounced dead soon after, Gwent Police said.

On Saturday afternoon, the boy's parents Brian and Tatum Price could be seen consoling each other at the park, the Press Association news agency reports.

Hours earlier, Ms Price had written on Facebook: "My life is ruined my baby gone."

Christopher Parry, head teacher at Lewis School Pengam, where the teenager was a pupil, said the school was "devastated" by the death.

He said: “It's with immense sadness that today I heard the news that one of our pupils has passed away.

"We are all devastated by this tragic loss. We will be providing support for pupils in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with the family. There are no words."

He added: "I'm sure everyone in our community will join with us in sharing our deepest sympathies with the pupil's friends and family at this awful time."

Gwent Police said an investigation is under way and that it is treating the boy's death as unexplained.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Payne, who is leading the investigation, said: "At this time enquiries are ongoing and the investigation into this young boy's death are still in the early stages.

"Specialists are working to determine the exact cause of death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

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"I'd like to appeal to anyone who can assist with our investigation. If you have information that could help, please call us on 101 quoting log 523 12/4/19 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, you can send a direct message with information via our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages."

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