Bronson Battersby was tragically found curled up dead next to his dad Kenneth – who died of a heart attack – two weeks after they were last seen, his devastated family have said
A “gorgeous” two-year-old boy was reportedly left to die of starvation next to his dead dad.
The Sun reported that Bronson Battersby was tragically found curled up dead next to his dad Kenneth. They were found two weeks after they were last seen, his devastated family have reportedly said.
Dad Kenneth was said to have died on boxing die of a heart attack – it was said he suffered from a pre-existing heart condition. After this, it reportedly meant that little Bronson, who was under children’s services care at the time, was left with no food or water or help. But when social workers reportedly visited the property on January 2 and again two days later, the outlet reported that workers got no answer both times.
It was also reported that the family’s pet dog, Skylar, survived at the home in Skegness, Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire County Council said that the social worker made an unannounced visit to the property on January 4 and when there was again no response she contacted police again. Once the keys to the property were acquired from the landlord, they reportedly made the grim discovery inside.
A family friend, who had Bronson’s teddy and woollen gloves on her mantelpiece, said: “It breaks my heart. Bronson deserved so, so much better. He was such a loving, adorable little boy. They found him curled up at Kenneth’s legs. He was left in the dark and must have been terrified and so confused. He must have thought his dad was just asleep or something. He was just gorgeous. He was always smiling and so loving. He always wanted a cuddle. He was like any toddler. He loved anything that made a noise.”
A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police told The Sun: “Police were made aware of the deaths of a 60-year-old man and a two-year-old child at a property in Skegness, at around 3.25pm on January 9. Investigations have been carried out and the deaths are not being treated as suspicious.”
Heather Sandy, executive director for children’s services, was also reported as saying: “This was a tragic incident, and we are supporting the family at this difficult time. We are carrying out a review of the case alongside partner agencies to better understand the circumstances, and we await the results of the coroner’s investigations as well. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved.”
Lincolnshire Police and council have been approached by the Mirror for comment.