Teenage woman, 19, and man, 22, are arrested on suspicion of murder

Teenage woman, 19, and man, 22, are arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a two-year-old girl is discovered at a terraced home 

  • Two people detained by officers investigating death in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Toddler was found dead after emergency services were called today
  • Staffordshire Police have also sealed off an alleyway behind property 
A man and a teenage woman were arrested today on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old girl after she was found dead at a home.
The 22-year-old man and the woman aged 19 were detained by officers investigating the death at the terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
The toddler, who has not been named by police, was found dead after the emergency services were called to the property today shortly before 10am.
Investigation: Police outside a home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, after a man and a teenage woman were arrested on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old girl

Investigation: Police outside a home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, after a man and a teenage woman were arrested on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old girl
Probe: The 22-year-old man and the woman aged 19 were detained by officers investigating the death at the terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent

Probe: The 22-year-old man and the woman aged 19 were detained by officers investigating the death at the terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent
Forensics: The toddler, who has not been named by police, was found dead after the emergency services were called to the property today shortly before 10am

Forensics: The toddler, who has not been named by police, was found dead after the emergency services were called to the property today shortly before 10am
Officers have also sealed off an alleyway behind the property in the Fenton area of the city, and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday.
Staffordshire Police Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior officer in the inquiry, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the little girl’s family at this time.
‘This is a very distressing incident and we are doing all we can to support those affected.
‘A detailed investigation is under way to understand the circumstances of what has happened and police activity will continue in the area.’
Neighbours living on the residential street said they believed police had forced entry to the house by smashing a window in the front door.
Charlotte Kent, 25, who was staying at a friend’s house nearby, said: ‘It’s really shocking, and not the sort of thing I would expect to happen.
On patrol: Officers have sealed off an alleyway behind the home in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent

On patrol: Officers have sealed off an alleyway behind the home in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent
Police at the scene of the death

Forensics at the scene

Taking a closer look: A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday
At the scene: Neighbours living on the residential street said they believed police had forced entry to the house by smashing a window in the front door

At the scene: Neighbours living on the residential street said they believed police had forced entry to the house by smashing a window in the front door
‘I woke up and heard the police. I got a call from my mate and he went out. I can’t get my head round it.’
Father-of-three Graham Underwood, 55, added: ‘It sent a shiver down my spine when I heard it was a kid involved. There is nothing more tragic than that.
‘We are still trying to find out the full details of what happened but I’ve never seen so many police around here.’
Another local resident, Cynthia Chorley, 72, said: ‘We do have some incidents down here. My fiancé heard about this and rang me.
‘It is horrible. It makes you scared. The police are doing all they can so I can’t fault them. They have so much to do.’
Activity: Police said it was 'a very distressing incident' and they are supporting 'those affected'

Activity: Police said it was ‘a very distressing incident’ and they are supporting ‘those affected’
A child's coat hands in the hallway of the property

Police at the scene

On the hook: A child’s coat hangs in the hallway of the property where the baby died
Emergency: West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two doctors were sent to the scene at about 9.55am

Emergency: West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two doctors were sent to the scene at about 9.55am
Another resident on the street, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I don’t know who lived there but I don’t think they’ve been there very long.
‘We’ve not been told why the alleyway was closed. It’s just a shock that they’re investigating a death.’
West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two doctors were sent to the scene at about 9.55am.
An ambulance service spokesman said: ‘On arrival at the incident, crews discovered a child who was sadly confirmed deceased.
‘They also treated a woman at the scene before she was transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital.’

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