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Woman, 37, remains in custody after ‘young child’ dies at a South Wales home

Carly Harris, 37 is currently in police custody after her daughter Amelia-Brooke Harris was found dead.

South Wales Police attended the home of Ms Harris at around 22:10 on the 8th June 2018 following an emergency call. It is currently believed that Amelia’s older brother rang a family friend saying she was dead.

It is believed that Amelia Harris aged just three drowned in the bath.

Police have sealed off the family home and the connecting street while they investigate the tragic death that took place on Friday.

Reports from eye witnesses and family members state that Carly had ‘lit a fire’ believing that it would ‘bring Amelia back to life’.

Carly, a single Mum also has two other children was known by social services prior to this incident.

A South Wales Police spokesperson said: “A young child was declared deceased at the property and at this time the death is unexplained. Police officers investigating the incident have arrested a 37 year old woman. She has been taken to Merthyr Tydfil police station where she is being questioned”.

“Anyone with any information concerning this incident and who has not already spoken to the police is asked to call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference 1800207700.

In a later statement, Chief Superintendent Dorian Lloyd said:

‘We are continuing to investigate the events that led to the tragic death of a young child in Trealaw yesterday evening and an incident room has been established.

“Specially-trained officers committed to providing support to the family and to the local community at this very difficult time, have been deployed.

“I am aware of the deep concern and upset locally, but would urge all members of the community to refrain from speculating on the incident and to demonstrate responsibility when posting content on social media.

“I encourage everyone to think carefully about the consequences of messages – when using social media – and how they may impact on others. Positive action will be taken against those who post messages that are abusive, threatening or insulting.”

Police are continuing to investigate the surroundings of this tragic death and Amelia’s mother remains in police custody.

Tributes have began to be left near the scene of the family home, one saying “R.I.P Princess Amelia” whilst another one says, “Fly high beautiful Amelia”.

We have contacted South Wales Police asking for further updates regarding this shocking and tragic incident.

South Wales News Service will be providing live updates as this incident develops.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident and who has not already spoken to the police is asked to call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference 1800207700.

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Pictured: Amelia-Brooke Harris

09/06/2018  |  08:35  |  By: Shaun Ashford, SMA Media Group

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