Tributes after tragic death of Thornton toddler

Police and SSPCA at the house where the tragedy took place.
Police and SSPCA at the house where the tragedy took place.

The tragic death of a two-year-old boy has stunned the Thornton community where he lived.

Police were called out to the village on Saturday night after the body of the boy was found at an address in Donald Crescent.

They said no arrests have been made, nor is anyone detained in connection with the incident.

The toddler’s death was described as ‘‘a tragic set of circumstances’’ by senior officers.

Forensic teams were still at the property in the early hours of Sunday, few details were released.

Local politicians expressed sympathy for the boy’s family and backed the local community to deal with the tragedy.

Local MP Lindsay Roy said the death was “an absolute tragedy.’’

“The family must be absolutely devastated, and my heart goes out to them, along with neighbours and friends who will also be finding the toddler’s death so hard to take,” he added.

“He had his whole life ahead of him and it is an absolute tragedy that it should have ended so abruptly.”

“Thornton has always had a marvellous community spirit and I am sure that local people will rally round and help the family through this terrible time.’’

On Monday representatives from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals visited the property.

Some neighbours said the family largely kept themselves to themselves but were seen walking to and from school.

Local councillor Ross Vettraino said it was difficult to comprehend the loss of someone so young.

“The death of a child of any age is a tragedy of huge proportions,” he said. “You expect to lose people later in life but the death of a child is unspeakable. It is a tragedy that defies description.It is one of the situations where there are no words to describe what has happened.”

Thornton councillor Ian Sloan said: “I wish to express my most heartfelt sympathies for this family’s loss. All deaths are to be mourned, but it is especially difficult when a young child is involved.

“My thoughts, and I am sure the thoughts of everyone in Thornton and the surrounding communities, are with the family during this difficult time.

“Our deepest condolences go to all the relatives and loved ones affected by this tragedy.”

Fife Council confirmed that social workers had some contact with the family in the past.

Craig Munro, executive director education and children’s services, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and we are offering all the help we can.

“Support is in place for pupils and staff at the educational establishments connected with the family.”