Wednesday 21 March 2018

Four held after boy dies in fall from flats

Paula Langton in Leeds

POLICE were questioning four people yesterday after a six-year-old boy plunged to his death from the eighth floor of a tower block.

A woman, two men and a teenage girl were arrested on suspicion of neglecting Liam Shackleton, who fell from the window of a flat in Leeds on Tuesday.

Social workers were not involved with the family but the city's Safeguarding Children Board said it is planning to oversee a review into the circumstances of the death.

Neighbours said the youngster moved into the flat in Lindsey Mount recently, along with his parents, Martin and Tanya Shackleton, and two brothers and his sister.

It is understood Mr Shackleton's father was the tenant of the property.


A devastated Mr Shackleton last night said his son had ADHD and he described him as "hyperactive".

He said: "I'm in bits. I heard the news yesterday teatime and I've been in a right state ever since."

Police would not confirm who is being questioned. A force spokesman would only say those in custody were two men aged 57 and 36, a 28-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl.

Jane Warden (51) a care worker, said she saw Liam on the ground after he fell.

She said: "He was lying, face up, with his little arms and legs all twisted. There was no blood but his breathing was very shallow and his lips were blue.

"I knew then he was gone, no little kiddie could survive something like that. Around 10 people had gathered around and someone put a blanket over Liam until the paramedic arrived," she said.

Other neighbours described Mr Shackleton as a "grafter", saying he worked hard to feed his family.

A makeshift memorial of teddy bears and flowers were left by well-wishers close to the spot where the child hit the ground.

On pink notepaper attached to a teddy bear, a message from Mama and Julie read: "Such a shame, such a young age and to be taken like that." Another card said: "Sweet dreams little one, love Jennifer, Paula and Mike."

Police were called at about 5.15pm. Liam was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but died a short time later.

Irish Independent

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