May 23 2015 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The family of a two year old girl killed when a fire surround fell on her at her home have today issued an emotional tribute to their “little princess”.
Trinity Liliana Coward suffered serious injuries after the surround, believed to be made of stone, fell on her at her home in Theobald Road, in the Old Lakenham area of Norwich at about 5pm on Sunday.
The toddler was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital but passed away a short time later.
Her parents, Shaun and Kelly Coward, in a statement issued today, said: “Our little princess. Your gorgeous smile and those dimples forever etched on our hearts. Daddy’s little baby girl shine bright like a diamond in the sky. Mummy’s little angel so loving and cuddly. Can’t wait to have snuggles xxx
“Till we see you again all our love from Mummy, Daddy and your brothers and sisters xx”
Norfolk police released a statement about the incident which said: “A two year old girl has sadly died after suffering injuries from a falling fire surround in her home in Norwich.
“Police were called to an address in the Lakenham area of the city at around 5pm on Sunday to reports that a toddler had suffered serious injuries.
“The girl, who is not being named, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital but sadly passed away a short time later.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and has been handed to HM coroner for investigation.”
A police spokesman said: “The circumstances surrounding the infant’s death will be subject to a coroner’s enquiry although early indications are that this was an unforeseen and tragic event in a family home.”
No-one was at the property yesterday but people living in the area have described their shock and sadness at what happened.
A woman, who did not want to be named, said she heard a loud “crash” at about 4.45pm on Sunday and then “all of a sudden heard a woman screaming” from the property, which is believed to belong to Norwich City Council.
She said ambulance were on scene by 5pm and describes how “lots of people” were standing on the street as the emergency services battled to save the toddler’s life.
She said: “The paramedics were dealing with her on the side of the road. They did CPR on her in the street. They put the little girl in the ambulance. She was in there a little while. After a while they got her out of the ambulance again and the paramedic did something with her throat. They were holding a sheet up so people couldn’t see. They then went off and had a police car in front and a police car behind.”
The air ambulance was here too and sat in a field near Coleburn Road.”
The woman said she did not know the toddler but admitted it was a “real shock”.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said: “We were called at 4.44pm to treat an injured toddler.
An ambulance, paramedic officer and the East Anglian Air Ambulance were dispatched.
The casualty, a two-year-old girl suffered serious injuries and was conveyed by land to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. “
A spokesman for the East Anglian Air Ambulance confirmed they also attended the incident, landing at 5.09pm to a child with a head injury who was taken to hospital by road ambulance.
Keith Driver, a Norwich City councillor for Lakenham ward, said: “It’s a very sad time for the family and just tragic that these events happen. There’s nothing you can really say to make anything any better.
“I think people around the area will know the child as well so it will mean the whole area is sad as well. Whenever a child dies it’s a tragic event.”
Bert Bremner, city council cabinet member for housing, said: “This is an awful tragedy and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. Our staff are here to support them in any way we can.”
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