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Lisburn toddler murder: Two arrested as police name tragic boy as Brendan Owens

By Claire Cromie

Two people have been arrested following the murder of a toddler in Lisburn.

Brendan Owens (3) died suddenly on Thursday, July 4, sparking a police investigation.

It has now resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man.

Police have said they are now treating the death as murder.

Officers were called to a house in Trinity Terrace, in the Tonagh area of Lisburn, at around 2.20am on the night but when they arrived the boy had already died.

The 27-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday morning by officers from the PSNI serious crime branch. She was still in custody as police revealed on Thursday afternoon they had also arrested the 51-year-old man.

A spokeswoman said: "Detectives are now treating this as a murder investigation.

"The woman remains in custody at this stage, helping police with their inquiries. There are no further details available."

On the night of the boy's death a red toy truck lay in the front yard of the house as officers guarded the property in a patrol car and detectives from Lisburn CID made door-to-door enquiries.

Neighbours told the Belfast Telegraph at the time that residents of the newly refurbished terrace, located behind a Domino's pizza takeaway and near Holy Trinity Nursery School, had moved in to the busy side street just a few months earlier.

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