Neighbours describe how medic carried boy from home as two arrested over death

Richard Vernalls, PA
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Neighbours have described the moment a doctor carefully carried a “lovely” nine-year-old boy from his family home after two people were arrested over his death.

West Mercia Police said the youngster – named locally as Alfie – was taken to hospital in critical condition at about 3pm on Thursday, after officers were called to the semi-detached property in Vashon Drive, Copcut, Droitwich.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 33-year-old woman is accused of suspected child neglect. Police are currently treating the death as unexplained.

Forensics arrive at the property
Forensics officers arrive at the property in Vashon Drive (Jacob King/PA)

Neighbours said the youngster lived at the address with his mother and siblings – a brother and two sisters, aged between four and 12.

People living nearby described how two air ambulances landed by the address that afternoon.

One person later saw Alfie being carried out of the property, cradled in the arms of a medic, into the back of an ambulance before he was taken to hospital.

A woman, who lives a few door’s away from the house, said Alfie was “such a lovely lad” who was always playing outside.

The neighbour, who declined to be named and has lived on the road for two years, said: “He was always happy.

“Always chatty, always polite.

“He was always such a caring little boy, it was a big shock.”

She said: “I saw him in the ambulance getting whisked away, it was so heart-breaking – especially when you’ve got kids yourself.”

The neighbour added the children’s mother was good with the youngsters, and had shared walks to school with her own children.

“It was a major shock last night, seeing it all,” added the woman.

“It’s happened indoors and obviously you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.”

Another man, who declined to be named, said Alfie was “a typical, cheeky little lad”.

People leave flowers by at the property
People leave flowers by the property (Jacob King/PA)

“In summer last year, he would climb on my bins, and then on to the bike shed,” he said.

“And because my window is right there, he’d climb on top and wave at me through the window.”

He added: “It was heart-breaking because I saw them carry him out.

“They had him actually in their arms.

“Both air ambulances landed, all the crew members put on white suits and helmets and then went into the house.

“I was stood nearby and within five minutes, the one gentleman came out of the house, carrying the kid in his arms.

“Alfie didn’t have a top and when I saw him – my heart just sank.”

The man said he saw the boy’s mother at the window of the home, as the ambulance carrying her son was driven away.

Overnight scenes of crime officers in white overalls had been at the property.

On Friday morning, a single marked police car was parked outside the address to secure the scene, while detectives went door-to-door, speaking to residents.

Detective Inspector Ed Slough, of West Mercia Police, said: “This is a tragic incident that has seen a young boy lose his life and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.

“We are currently treating the boy’s death as unexplained and are carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances.

“We are aware of comments in the media and social media relating this to a stabbing – we would like to clear this up and say there were no stab wounds found on the young boy.”