Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Family in final goodbye as tragic toddler Caide Hamill is laid to rest

The heartbroken family of a 22-month-old toddler who died in a tragic accident in Londonderry said a final farewell to him at his funeral yesterday.

Little Caide Hamill, who died after an accident involving venetian blinds at his home on Thursday night, was laid to rest following a service at St Mary's Church, Ardmore.

Local priest Father Oliver Crilly said the boy's family was "stunned" by the death.

"This is very hard for them. However, their extended family and the community have provided a broad range of support.

"It is an impossible situation but it is important that people are with them.

"It is one of the mysteries of the world, that of the innocent suffering, and all we can do is offer support at this very trying time," he said.

The little boy was discovered fighting for his life by his terrified mother Kathy after getting tangled up in a venetian blind cord at the family home at Currynierin on the outskirts of Derry on Thursday night.

He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by police.

A spokesman said: "Police do not believe the death of a 22-month-old toddler in Londonderry on Thursday night was anything other than a tragic accident."

Following the accident, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents urged parents to be vigilant around the home.

Spokesman Roger Vincent said: "Things that people would never imagine can prove a threat to their child.

"Parents have to look around their home and think of what could happen if a child gets caught and trapped."

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