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Post-mortem on toddler (3) found dead at home in Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

A post-mortem will take place today on the body of a Londonderry boy who was found dead at his Bogside home.

Three-year-old Kayden McLaughlin was discovered dead in bed in his Columbcille Court home on Sunday morning.

Floral tributes were tied to a fence outside the McLaughlin family home, which lay empty yesterday, as the community tried to come to terms with the shocking loss of the youngster.

Independent councillor Sean Carr, who lives near the McLaughlin family home, said the Bogside was a community in shock.

"The community of the Bogside are completely devastated by this tragedy," he said.

"There's nothing else that people are thinking about.

"Everyone you meet in the street is talking about the little lad and the shock of it.

"Any sudden death is a shock, but when it's a youngster of that age, it makes it even more tragic."

Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan said that the neighbours were "totally distraught" over the tragedy.

"People are just so shocked and overcome by this tragedy," she said.

"People can't believe it.

"The child was so young, this is such a deep tragedy.

"My heart is breaking for them.

"This was just a toddler at three years old, it is just horrific.

"The neighbours were crying in the street, people are so distraught, upset and just concerned for the family.

"It is a really good community down there, so they will rally around and support the family at this tragic time.

"All of us offer our deepest sympathy and will do anything we can to help little Kayden's mum, dad and wider family."

The PSNI is investigating the sudden death.

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