A six-year-old girl has died following a freak accident in Co Londonderry yesterday evening.
It is understood the youngster, named locally as Tia Nagurski, was climbing a tree at the back of her Allingham Close home in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry when she came into contact with a row of electricity cables.
The child was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in a critical condition just before 7pm but tragically lost her battle for life a short time later.
A PSNI spokeswoman said police were investigating the possibility the child may have been electrocuted.
Her devastated parents Brian and Natasha were said to be heartbroken over little Tia’s death. The couple, who have three other children including a newborn baby boy, are well known and popular in the area.
Last night SDLP councillor Mark H. Durkan said everyone in the Ballymagroarty community had been left numb by the tragedy.
“From what I understand she was climbing trees out the back of the house, which was a regular enough occurrence, and it would appear she has been electrocuted although it has not been confirmed,” he said.
“Initially it was thought she had fallen but when I arrived up here it appeared it was more than that.
“I have been speaking to a lot of people in the area and everyone is upset.
“No-one can believe this has happened, given that kids do play out here and that their own kids do the same thing.
“There seems to be a sense that this could have happened to anyone.
“Everyone’s thoughts are with the Nagurski family.”
Fellow SDLP councillor Sean Carr also offered his condolences.
He said: “It is such a tragic accident and I can only imagine how the family are feeling at the moment. I would like to offer my sympathies to them.”
Sinn Fein councillor Billy Page said his thoughts and prayers were also with the family at this trying time.
“It is such an awful tragedy to befall any family, it is unbelievable. I just hope the community can come together to help them through it.”