Update: Toddler dies after Swanwick Lakes tragedy

Report by Connor Steel

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THE TODDLER found unresponsive at Swanwick Lakes National Lakes following an incident on Bank Holiday Sunday has sadly died from his injuries, it was confirmed by Hampshire Police yesterday evening in an updated statement.

As previously reported by the Globe, officers were called to the nature reserve located on the outskirts of Fareham at approximately 8.21pm on Sunday, May 30, following reports that a two-year old boy was in trouble underwater.

Working with ambulance and fire services, the rescue operation concluded with the toddler being taken to Southampton General Hospital in a ‘critical but stable condition’ when news broke on Monday night.

However police have since updated this bulletin on social media and communication channels; announcing that the toddler sadly passing away in hospital on Thursday, June 3, from injuries sustained on Sunday evening.

An 18-year-old man from Southampton was arrested at the scene and had previously been reported as being known to the boy. He has now been bailed until June 27 and remains in communication with the investigating officers.

Despite the arrest, Hampshire police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding how the boy came to be in the water, and officers would like to hear from anyone who was in this area between 7.45pm and 8.30pm. They further appealed for privacy to be given to the family during a difficult time.

Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement: “This is a very sad case, and our thoughts remain with the child’s family at this time. We are still trying to establish exactly how this boy came to be in the water, and we are keeping an open mind regarding the circumstances”

“As part of our investigation, we want to speak to everyone who was at the reserve between 7.45pm and 8.30pm. We know there was a female dogwalker with a small dog in the area at this time. Was this you? Please call us if you were there. Equally, we want to identify everyone who was there as any information, no matter how small, could prove significant.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident reference 44210210811. This can also be done via the website: Home | Hampshire Constabulary

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via the online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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