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Father held after death of boy, 3

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Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing his three-year-old son to death before injuring himself.

Officers were called to Lynton Estate in Southwark, south London, on Monday after people heard an argument.

Police found the body of a boy with knife wounds. His 31-year-old father was arrested and remains under guard at a south London hospital.

His 28-year-old wife suffered a stab wound to the neck but has been discharged, police said.

A 17-month-old girl was found unharmed at the address in Lynton Road at about 1800 GMT.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the alleged stabbing.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman: "Officers investigating the death of a three-year-old boy in London SE1 yesterday evening, Monday 23 November, have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the incident.

"The man remains in a south London hospital receiving treatment for his injuries."

The police came in and knocked down the door and said, 'Where are the children, where are the children?'
Lynton Estate resident Kelly Turner

The spokesman added: "At this stage, officers are looking into all the circumstances surrounding the child's death."

People living on the Lynton Estate spoke of their shock at the boy's death.

Kelly Turner, 34, who lives on the floor above the family, said she became aware of the incident when she heard screaming from the boy's mother.

She said: "I heard her screaming downstairs in the car park, you could tell she was in shock because she had a wound to her neck and she was losing quite a bit of blood.

"She was saying, 'My kids, my kids'. That is when the police came in and knocked down the door and said, 'Where are the children, where are the children?"'

Ms Turner described the family as "nice and quiet" and said they were known as regular church-goers.

'Normal and quiet'

Joan Dixon, 39, who has lived on the estate for 23 years, said: "What I heard was screaming, then my mum saw the police turn up.

"We saw the ambulance turn up and they were doing everything they could to resuscitate the man."

Her mother Rita Dixon, 71, said: "I saw a man on a stretcher - they were resuscitating him halfway down the stairs and then outside. They were doing everything to sort him out."

Joan Dixon described the area as "no trouble" and "normal and quiet".

The death is being investigated by officers led by Det Insp Keith Braithwaite, based at Stratford, east London.



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