Tragic details emerge after toddler died from dehydration next to his dad

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An inquest has revealed that a toddler found dead with his father died from dehydration. Two year old Bronson Battersby and his dad Kenneth were discovered in in Skegness, Lincolnshire, on January 9.

Senior coroner Paul Smith, who opened the inquest in Lincoln, was told that after the parents' split in summer 2022, Bronson had been living with his dad while his two siblings stayed with their mum.

Lincolnshire Police's Detective Inspector Claire Rimmer gave details to the coroner's court, explaining how police received a call from a "worried" neighbour, who hadn't seen Kenneth for a while and noticed an unusual smell coming from the flat. Inside, Kenneth's body was found behind the door of the living room, with Bronson lying dead between his father's legs, according to Lincolnshire Live.

Furthermore, Tracy Cox, acting as coroner's officer, confirmed that Bronson's post-mortem took place at Leicestershire Royal Infirmary on January 11, establishing that dehydration was the cause of death.

Coroner Smith adjourned the inquest until a provisional date of December 10, 2024, stating that a "thorough and sensitive investigation" is ongoing into the deaths. The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has also started a full, independent review that began in February and is expected to finish in six months.

Residents in the town are finding it hard to sleep following the tragic news of Bronson's passing. His distraught mum, Sarah Piesse, describes her existence as a "living nightmare" since being notified of her son and former partner's heartbreaking deaths.

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