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Heartbreaking family tribute to ‘super-happy, gorgeous’ boy, 2, allegedly murdered as woman held under mental health act

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A TWO-year-old boy who was allegedly murdered in Bridgend has been identified by police as his heartbroken family paid tribute to the “wonderful little boy”.

Reid Steele tragically died shortly after he was rushed to hospital in critical condition on Wednesday.

Two-year-old Reid Steele tragically passed away on Wednesday


Two-year-old Reid Steele tragically passed away on WednesdayCredit: PA
A 31-year-old woman is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act in connection with the incident


A 31-year-old woman is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act in connection with the incidentCredit: Media Wales

Police and paramedics attended a home in Bridgend, Wales shortly before 8pm to find the toddler after a “serious incident”.

Cops have now opened a murder investigation into the little boy’s death.

In a heartfelt tribute to the tot released on Friday, his family said: “He was a super, super-happy, gorgeous, wonderful, and intelligent little boy who lit up everyone’s lives.

“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.”

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.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “She remains on police bail while the investigation continues.”

Forensic teams and officers have remained at the scene in the wake of the incident.

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.”

Locals also paid their respects to Reid, while councillor Ian Spiller said the community had been “devastated” and were in “complete shock”.

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

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