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Funeral for little Archie Tafts crushed by chest of drawers

By Cate McCurry

Published 08/01/2016

Accident: Archie Tafts
Accident: Archie Tafts

The funeral of a two-year-old boy who was crushed to death by a falling chest of drawers will take place today.

Archie Tafts was described as a "lovely smiley wee fella" as hundreds of tributes were paid to the toddler from Co Antrim.

It is understood the two-year-old was being cared for at his home outside Cloughmills by a close family friend when the accident occurred.

An ambulance was called at 12.30pm on Tuesday after the chest of drawers fell on the toddler at the family home.

Little Archie was taken to Antrim Area Hospital but died later.

He was the dearly loved son of Phillip Tafts and Nicola Lorimer and brother to Jack.

Archie's funeral will take place at 1pm at Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

His devastated parents and extended family have thanked "all who expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time".

Patrick Frew, chairman of Cloughmills Community Association, knows the family well. He said the whole community had been left devastated by what had happened.

"Everyone knows everyone in Cloughmills and we are all trying to help out in any way we can," he said.

"We are all quite shocked at this, and because he is a child it's very hard to take in.

"When you know the family and how close they are then you know how hard this will be for them and how difficult it will be to deal with this."

DUP councillor John Finlay said: "It's just an awful, terrible tragedy.

"Cloughmills is a small place and when something like this happens, it's the the whole village that mourns."

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