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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 April 2007, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Toddler's mother speaks of loss
Jack Matthew Thorne
Jack Thorne was found unconscious in a water container
The mother of a toddler who died after falling into a garden water container in Hampshire said she does not know how her family will cope with his death.

Paramedics were called to Westman Road, in the Weeke area of Winchester, on Friday evening after a report a 15-month-old boy had fallen into water.

Jack Thorne was treated at the scene but died in hospital three hours later.

Jack's mother Nicola Thorne, 33, said: "A part of us will be empty for quite some time."

In a statement released on behalf of Jack's family she described her young son as a "happy, lively boy who loved everybody and was adored by everyone".

"Jack will be greatly missed by the whole family, especially his six and eight-year-old brothers," the statement read.

Your heart goes out to the parents in these circumstances
Roger Vincent, ROSPA

She added: "I don't know how any of us will come to terms with his death."

Hampshire Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Just before 1830 BST, Mrs Thorne realised she had not seen her son for a few minutes.

One of Jack's brothers looked out of an upstairs window and saw Jack in a water container. He was unconscious.

Jack was taken to Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, where he was revived but suffered a relapse and died at about 2200 BST.

A police spokeswoman said the water container had been buried in the garden by a previous resident.

Officers have taken away a number of objects for closer examination, including a 2ft-deep cylindrical container.

Police take evidence from the house where the child died.
Police removed evidence from the home where the child died.

Neighbour Gina Evans said: "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the family who must be absolutely devastated."

Roger Vincent, a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) said about eight children under the age of five drown in garden ponds or other water features in the UK each year.

"Your heart goes out to the parents in these circumstances," he said.

"The age of the child in this case is a time when they are getting about and it's hard for parents to keep an eye on them all the time."

A post-mortem examination is scheduled for next week.

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