A man and woman have been charged with murdering a two-year-old boy who died hours after celebrating his second birthday.
Paramedics were called to a house in Doncaster after Keigan Ronnie O’Brien went into cardiac arrest.
Martin Currie, 36, and Sarah O’Brien, 32, both of Doncaster, have now been charged with murder and will appear before magistrates in the city on Saturday.
A post-mortem exam showed Keigan died from head injuries, police revealed.
Emergency services rushed to the house on Wednesday. The toddler died in hospital a day later.
A heartbreaking ‘happy second birthday’ banner remained in the window of his family home while floral tributes now lie outside the front door.
A family friend told Mirror.co.uk that “lovely” Keigan was “always cheerful”.
They said: “He would be laughing and giggling at you. He wasn’t a shy child and was interested in everything.”
Neighbour Mark Hillary, 43, added: “It’s shocking that this happened to such a young boy.
“I’m devastated this happened – I just can’t believe it.”
South Yorkshire Police said: “Martin Currie, 36, and Sarah O’Brien, 32, both of Bosworth Road, Doncaster, have both been charged with murder following the toddler’s death.”
Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, added: “Specialist officers have updated Keigan’s family and are continuing to support them as they try to come to terms with and digest what has happened over the last 48 hours.
“I would also like to please reiterate my request for people to be mindful of what they are posting across social media networks.
“It’s really important to refrain from posting any speculative comments and details about the case, to avoid further distress to Keigan’s family and allow them the privacy to grieve, but to also allow the criminal proceedings to progress through the courts unhindered.”
Those with information on Keigan’s death are asked to phone 101 and quote incident number 293 of January 8, 2020.