The distraught parents of a toddler who drowned in a paddling pool were heard screaming ‘please save our boy’ as paramedics battled to save him.
The 23-month-old boy who drowned in a paddling pool has been named locally as Jameel Kirkham.
One neighbour said: ‘They are a lovely family and doted on Jameel. I can’t imagine what they are going through.’
Emergency services were called Somercotes, Derbyshire, on Wednesday afternoon after reports that a one-year-old boy had been found in what police said was in an ‘unresponsive’ state.
The distraught parents of a toddler who drowned in a paddling pool were heard screaming ‘please save our boy’
Emergency services were called Somercotes, Derbyshire, on Wednesday afternoon
A general view of the StopnShop newsagents on Nottingham Road, Somercotes
Witnesses say the boy’s frantic parents had carried the tot into the nearby StopnShop newsagents begging for help before staff dialled 999.
One woman, who works at a nearby beauty salon, said: ‘I was on my dinner break and I saw the air ambulance and police cars everywhere.
‘Everyone gets on pretty well along the road and I’m told the couple lived next door to the newsagents.
‘They are quite young and had the paddling pool in the yard at the back but must have turned their backs and when they found him he was face down.
‘I think they didn’t know what to do so just took him into the newsagents and they called the ambulance. It’s really really sad and it’s upset everyone who lives and works on the road.’
The youngster was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital but died despite the best efforts of medical staff.
The one-year-old boy was found unresponsive at an address on Nottingham Road (stock image) in Somercotes, Derbyshire, at around 1.30pm on Wednesday, police said
Crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service, as well as the Air Ambulance, were called to the scene.
Neighbours have spoken of their shock after the toddler was found in a garden at the rear of a terrace property.
A business owner on the road, which is a mix of shops and houses, said: ‘I saw a load of police and ambulance outside the newsagents.
‘People I’ve talked to say the laddie lived in a house next to the shop and his parents just panicked when they found him and ran into the shop hoping someone could help.
‘A woman who I know was at the bus stop outside and heard the parents screaming ‘please save our boy’ over and over again at the paramedics.
‘It must have been absolutely heartbreaking. Such a tragedy.’
A hair stylist at a nearby Kurdish barber shop said: ‘The dad is from Sudan or Ethiopia and the mum is half English and half Jamaican. They have five children living with them, including boy twins who are a bit older than the boy who died.
‘The parents would often bring the children in here for hair cuts. The boy who died had his hair cut in here a few days ago.’
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The family have lived at the house for about 18 months. I think the dad worked, but I don’t know what he did.
‘I saw police and ambulances outside the house and a plain clothes police woman came to speak to me, but I wasn’t able to tell them anything.
‘People say a family member found the boy in the paddling pool and he wasn’t moving.
‘There must be thousands and thousands of little kids splashing about in paddling pools when the weather is hot like it has been and this is a tragic reminder that when it comes to water and kids you have to be watching them all the time.
‘I feel really so sorry for the parents. They have lost a child in a terrible way.’
The youngster was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital (stock image) but died despite the best efforts of medical staff
In a statement, Derbyshire Police said: ‘Officers were called to reports that a 23-month-old boy had been found unresponsive in a paddling pool in Nottingham Road, Somercotes at around 1.30pm on June 2.
‘The boy was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital, however, despite the best efforts of staff he sadly passed away.
‘Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult of times.
‘Officers are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances around the incident on behalf of the coroner.’
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said paramedics were called to a commercial address at 1.23pm.
In a statement, and EMAS spokeswoman said: ‘We received a call at 1.23pm on June 2 to a commercial address in Somercotes.
‘The caller reported a medical emergency. We sent two paramedics in fast response cars and a double-crewed ambulance.
‘The air ambulance was also in attendance. ‘One patient was taken to Royal Derby Hospital via double-crewed ambulance.’
The boy’s family have since asked that their privacy be respected.
His death comes as the UK recorded the hottest day of the year for the third day in a row.