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Boy, 2, crushed to death by chest of drawers at home

Published 06/01/2016

The PSNI said a report will be prepared for the coroner
The PSNI said a report will be prepared for the coroner

A two-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a chest of drawers.

Archie Tafts, from the village of Cloughmills, Co Antrim, suffered fatal injuries in the incident at his home on Tuesday when i t is understood the piece of furniture fell on top of him

He was taken to hospital for treatment but died. His parents have appealed for privacy.

A statement by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on behalf of the family said they had "suffered a tremendous loss".

"Archie's parents and extended family would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time," said the statement.

"However as this is a personal tragedy for them, they will be making no public comment."

The death is being treated as accidental.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "As would be normal procedure with any sudden death, a report will be prepared for the information of the coroner."

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley offered his sympathies to the Tafts family.

"This is a devastating tragedy for this family and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," said the Democratic Unionist representative.

"The start of a new year is a time when we all make plans and preparations for the future. For this family however they face a future without a much-loved son and grandson. I know the thoughts of everyone in North Antrim and beyond will be with them at this incredibly difficult time."

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