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Murder investigation is launched as car blaze boy dies

By Tom Pugh

A murder investigation has been launched after a five-year-old boy died following a fire which engulfed the car he was in.

Tommy Sheldon suffered critical injuries in the blaze in Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, Hampshire, on August 11.

He died on Monday.

His mother, aged 37, and his six-year-old sister, who were also injured in the Ford Fiesta blaze, are still in hospital receiving treatment, a spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said.

Detective Inspector Simon Baker added: “Despite Tommy's battle to survive his injuries, sadly he has lost his fight for life.

“This tragic news means that our investigation now becomes a murder inquiry.”

No arrests have been made, but a post-mortem examination on Tommy is poised to take place to confirm his cause of death.

Detectives said “all options” were being considered, including whether the fire was started on purpose, as they carried out a “range of inquiries”.

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