Cops investigating sudden death of child at Irish house as community in 'shock and disbelief' with scene sealed off | The Sun

COPS are investigating the sudden death of a child at a house in Northern Ireland.

The young girl was rushed to hospital after a report of a medical emergency at a home in Larne, Co Antrim yesterday afternoon.

The child was later pronounced dead with a post mortem to be carried out today.

The PSNI remain at the scene and have urged people not to speculate on the incident.

A spokesperson said: "Police remain at the scene of a sudden death in Larne this morning, Friday, November 10.

"Officers received a report yesterday afternoon of a medical emergency involving a child at a property in the Loran Avenue area of the town.

"A child was taken to hospital, but sadly passed away.

"A post-mortem will now be carried out today to determine the cause of death and enquiries remain ongoing.

"Until a post-mortem is completed, we will not know the cause of death and would, therefore, urge people to refrain from speculation in relation to this death."

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service were called to the home at around 1pm.

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A spokesperson said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 1.07pm on Thursday following reports of an incident in the Antiville area of Larne.

“NIAS dispatched a rapid response paramedic and two emergency crews to the incident.

“The charity Air Ambulance, with HEMS crew on board, was also asked to attend.

“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken by ambulance to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.”

DUP councillor Andrew Clarke said the local community has been left in "shock and disbelief" after the child's death.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "This is a quiet area, not a lot happens which is a good thing, and then something like this out of the blue is pretty horrific.

“Any death, any sudden death, is a shock, but when you have a child, someone who is full of life and happiness and is suddenly taken away, it really is quite a trauma I think for the community, and also for the family, and our hearts go out to them.

“Ambulances came, the air ambulance came, police were tasked, there was quite a commotion, traffic being interrupted and so on.

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“And then news began to filter out that a young girl had sadly lost her life, that’s been confirmed by the police.

“The impact has been pretty, pretty devastating. Here and all round the town, there’s a sense of disbelief, a sense of shock that something like that would happen in this area.”

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