Boy, three, dies after plunge into canal with mum

A three-year-old boy died and his mother struggled for her life after falling into a canal in a tragedy on Mother’s Day weekend.

Emergency services rescued the couple from the water near Ash Bridge in Newbury after rushing into the town of Berkshire at around 2 p.m. Saturday.

The couple were taken to hospital where the child later died. Berkshire Live reported.

Thames Valley Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

A police spokesman said: “As you may know, our officers received a call around 2pm yesterday after reports that a three-year-old child and his mother had fallen into the canal near Ash Bridge off the A339 in Newbury.

“Officers attended. Both the woman and child were rescued from the water and taken to the hospital. Tragically, the child later died in the hospital.

“His family is supported by specially trained officers and his mother has been discharged from the hospital.

“The death will be treated as unsolved but not suspicious, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

“The Thames Valley Police are currently unable to reveal the child’s identity.”


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