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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 02:12 GMT 03:12 UK
Man arrested over child's death
James Brennan
James Brennan had been left with a family friend overnight
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a six-year-old boy was found at a house in Manchester.

James Brennan's body was found by his father, who called police to Terrington Close in Chorlton on Thursday morning.

Greater Manchester Police said James was found in a ground-floor bedroom. He had been left in the care of a family friend overnight.

A 25-year-old man was arrested a short time later in the Nell Lane and Mauldeth Road West area.

He was taken to a nearby police station where he was due to be questioned.

Terrington Close in Chorlton
The boy's father found his body in the Chorlton house
Det Supt Martin Bottomley appealed for anyone who was in the area close to the house from 2000 BST on Wednesday to 0900 BST on Thursday, to contact police.

He said: "The six-year-old boy was found in a ground floor bedroom in the home where he lived with his father.

"His father had not been at the address overnight and had left his son in the care of a family friend.

"There is a lot forensic work and evidence gathering currently being carried out at the house. "

A post-mortem examination of James is due to be carried out on Friday.


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