‘Gorgeous’ boy, 2, found injured named as police launch murder investigation

A two-year-old boy who died in hospital after being found critically injured has been named.

Reid Steele was found injured at a house in Bridgend, Wales on Wednesday night. He was taken to University Hospital of Wales where he tragically died a day later.

Police say a 31-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of his murder has now been transferred into the care of health services and is currently detained under the Mental Health Act.

She remains on police bail while the investigation continues.

South Wales Police have released a statement from Reid’s family where he was described as a “super happy, gorgeous, wonderful and intelligent” child.

They added: “He loved the garden and the beach, picking raspberries and going for walks collecting shells. He was a very chatty little boy and would happily speak to anyone.”

Detective chief inspector Matt Davies said: “We are dealing with a very sad and tragic incident. The family continue to be supported by dedicated family liaison officers and, once again, I would appeal for members of the public to refrain from speculating on social media at what is a very difficult time for all concerned. My thoughts remain with the family.”

South Wales Police is not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

an Spiller, councillor for Laleston, Bryntirion and Broadlands, told the BBC: “The community is absolutely devastated by the news, we are all in complete shock especially after the events that occurred last week.

“To have this happen in another community, in our community in Bridgend, I am absolutely speechless and our support goes out to those affected.”

In a statement in a local community Facebook group Cllr Spiller said: “I am very conscious of the community’s need to grieve and show support at this moment.

“I am also mindful that we need to show our love and support from a distance not to be intrusive to the family concerned.

“For those of you that know the spot at the corner of Careg Llwyd and Clos Castell Coity there is a spot of grass by the Christmas tree that can be used for tributes/flowers to show our support at this difficult time.

“Rest in peace.”

Tributes have been left at the house in Reid’s memory and places of worship in the area have also opened their doors to those who would like to pay their respects.

A spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ Chapel in Broadlands added: “We are also happy to facilitate the laying of flowers and any other items within the grounds.”