A COMMUNITY is in mourning after the death of a three-year-old boy.
The child, named locally as Harvey-Lee Williams, of Bee Bank, Froncysyllte, near Llangollen, was reported missing just before noon on Monday.
His mother has been named locally as Amy Dipper. The family, who have been offered support from a North Wales Police family liaison officer, have asked to be allowed to grieve in private.
Police officers went to the home and the boy was discovered a short time later in a nearby garden pond.
He was rushed to the A&E at Wrexham Maelor Hospital but died despite the best efforts of medical staff.
North East Wales coroner John Gittinns has been informed of the death.
North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “Officers are conducting an investigation on behalf of the coroner. There are no suspicious circumstances. A post-mortem examination will take place in the next couple of days.”
Neighbour Geoff Jones, who lives across the road from the family’s home, said he thought they were moving house on the day of the tragedy.
“I saw the little boy playing in the front garden earlier. It’s tragic. He was so nice,” said Mr Jones, 65.
Cllr Pat Jeffares, who represents Llangollen Rural Ward on Wrexham Council, said people in the community had been deeply saddened by the death.
“This is a tragedy. It’s terrible. Everyone is shocked. All our thoughts are with the family at this time,” he said.
“It is particularly sad being so close to Christmas.”
Cllr Joyce Evans, deputy chairman of Llangollen Rural Community Council, said: “I didn’t know the family but as a council we feel so sorry at news of the death.
“It always seems even worse when a tragedy such as this happens at Christmastime. Our sincere thoughts are with the family.”