Tragic Death of Toddler Found in Pond Sparks Shock and Grief
A heartbreaking incident unfolded as a two-year-old girl, identified as Annabelle Mackey, was found lifeless in a village pond, sending shockwaves through the community. Neighbors and locals paid their respects to the young blonde-haired toddler, describing her as a “gorgeous and beautiful little girl” who was known for enjoying walks in the Common.
Quiet and Shy Child
Annabelle lived with her parents in a secluded £600,000 home in the Hampshire village of Kingsley. She was discovered in a pond just a short distance from their residence. Those who knew her recalled her as a “sweet” child who was “very quiet and shy” and didn’t speak much. However, they noted that she would sometimes offer “little smiles.”
Outpouring of Support and Grief
The tragedy deeply affected the village, with locals expressing their sorrow. Cards and floral tributes were placed at the pond’s edge, bearing messages like “sleep tight little one.” The incident unfolded when an adult was heard shouting “help me, help me” at the pond, and a casualty was seen being placed in an ambulance, covered in blankets.
Community Pays Tribute
One father paid tribute to the young girl, describing her as “gorgeous” and “a beautiful little girl.” He fondly remembered how she would visit to admire their Halloween decorations. A promoter, Charmayne Dennard, along with friends, laid flowers and tossed sunflowers into the pond as a tribute. She expressed her deep sympathy for the family and the tragedy they are enduring.
Arrest and Ongoing Investigation
A woman in her 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody. The incident began when officers were called to Annabelle’s family home on Forge Road, Kingsley, following reports of the girl’s disappearance. She was subsequently found unconscious in Kingsley Pond and later passed away in the hospital on Monday.
Intensive Police Response
Witnesses recounted a significant police presence at the scene, with the entire area cordoned off. Investigators were reported to be going from house to house, seeking information. Some noted that the terrain would have made it difficult for a toddler to reach the pond without assistance.
Community in Shock
Residents in the area were deeply affected by the tragedy, with one neighbor describing the shock and the influx of police vehicles. The local community has been shaken by the incident, and condolences have poured in from all quarters.
Community and Family Support
The pond, known for its popularity among anglers and dog walkers, is also frequented by parents and children. Rev Matt Boyes, the vicar of All Saints Church, extended condolences on behalf of the parish community, acknowledging the profound impact of the tragedy on both the family and the wider community.
Police Appeal for Information
Hampshire Constabulary appealed for information related to the child’s death and confirmed that her family is receiving support from officers during this difficult time.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media