Pictured: Two-year-old girl who died after being found floating in a pond just yards away from her home – as police quiz woman for her murder

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  • Annabelle Mackey was described by as a ‘gorgeous and beautiful little girl’

Tributes poured in last night for a ‘gorgeous and beautiful’ two-year-old girl who died after being found in a pond just yards away from her family home.

Neighbours of the toddler – named locally as Annabelle Mackey – described the smiley blonde-haired child who they said enjoyed going on walks in the Common.

Annabelle lived with her parents in a £600,000 home located on a secluded road in the Hampshire village of Kingsley, near to where she was found on Sunday afternoon.

A woman in her 40s was arrested on suspicion of murdering the youngster and was detained under the Mental Health Act. She has since been released from custody but remains under investigation, Hampshire Police said.

Officers found the child in the water following reports that she had disappeared. 

Devastated locals were ‘shocked to the core’ by Annabelle’s death, speaking of the ‘sweet’ little girl who was ‘very quiet and shy’ and ‘didn’t really speak’. One added ‘she gave us little smiles’ sometimes.  

Cards and floral tributes, including one that reads ‘sleep tight little one’, now surround the pond following the distressing incident that has rocked the village. 

The two-year-old who was allegedly murdered and found in a village pond has been identified locally as Annabelle Mackey. She is pictured with her parents Alice and Peter Mackey

The two-year-old who was allegedly murdered and found in a village pond has been identified locally as Annabelle Mackey. She is pictured with her parents Alice and Peter Mackey

Locals, who are 'shocked to the core' by her death, say the 'sweet' little girl was 'very quiet and shy' and 'didn't really speak'. Floral tributes to a two-year-old girl saying 'sleep tight little one' were laid at the scene today

Locals, who are ‘shocked to the core’ by her death, say the ‘sweet’ little girl was ‘very quiet and shy’ and ‘didn’t really speak’. Floral tributes to a two-year-old girl saying ‘sleep tight little one’ were laid at the scene today

A woman in her 40s arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released from custody

A woman in her 40s arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been released from custody

The little girl was found unconscious in Kingsley Pond a short time later and taken to hospital, where she died on Monday

The little girl was found unconscious in Kingsley Pond a short time later and taken to hospital, where she died on Monday

Officers are appealing for information following the death of a child who was found unresponsive at Kingsley Pond

Officers are appealing for information following the death of a child who was found unresponsive at Kingsley Pond

One witness recalled yesterday that they had heard an adult shouting ‘help me, help me’ at the pond before seeing a casualty being put in an ambulance covered in blankets. 

Another women said: ‘There was about a dozen police cars in the pond’s car park afterwards, it was packed.

‘I saw them bring a trolley out with someone on covered in blankets but I couldn’t make out who it was or how old they were.’

A father living nearby also paid tribute to the youngster who had died. He said: ‘She was gorgeous, she was a beautiful little girl.’ 

He added that she enjoyed looking at his family’s Halloween decorations.

‘We’ve met her, we always said hello, she used to say hi,’ he recalled. ‘At Halloween we get a lot of decorations around the house for our little one and Annabelle used to come in and look at the decorations.’

Charmayne Dennard, a promoter, visited the pond with friends to lay flowers. They threw sunflowers into the pond as a tribute. 

Miss Dennard, a 28-year-old mother of two from nearby Bordon, said: ‘It’s just so heartbreaking, I had to come and pay my respects.

‘That poor, poor little girl. You can’t imagine the pain her family must be going through.

‘The unknown is so scary, it’s frightening to think of what happened.’ 

Hampshire Police said following the tragedy a woman was detained under the Mental Health Act.

While she has been released from custody, she still remains under investigation.  

Police arriving at Kingsley Pond after a woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a two-year-old girl died on Monday

Police arriving at Kingsley Pond after a woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a two-year-old girl died on Monday

Police were called at 5.02pm on Sunday, 10 September to a report of a two-year-old girl who had gone missing from her home

Police were called at 5.02pm on Sunday, 10 September to a report of a two-year-old girl who had gone missing from her home

Another solitary bouquet of flowers was put onto a bench near to the spot the toddler was

Another solitary bouquet of flowers was put onto a bench near to the spot the toddler was

The toddler was found in Kingsley Pond (pictured) on Sunday evening and has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition 

Officers were called to the toddler’s family home on Forge Road, Kingsley, near Bordon, Hampshire, at 5.02pm on Sunday, following reports that the girl had disappeared.

She was found unconscious in Kingsley Pond a short time later and taken to hospital, where she died on Monday.

Police have taken the suspect into custody for questioning and specialist officers are supporting the girl’s family.

The investigation is ongoing and police are appealing for more information.  

Witnesses recalled coming home to find the ‘whole lake’ cordoned off and dozens of police officers and ‘what looked like armed police’ swarming the area. 

‘What was strange was the way they were protecting the scene, like there may have been something suspicious,’ one local told The Telegraph.

Another claimed that investigators have been going from ‘house to house’ and asking if they ‘saw or heard anything’.

The witness added: ‘There are houses that back onto the pond and the common but the terrain is thick and it would be difficult for a toddler to make it that far’.

Speaking today, a married father-of-one who lives on the same road as the Mackey family, said he was first alerted of the incident when patrol cars pulled up. 

‘Within 20 minutes of the first car pulling up, this place was flooded with vans and police,’ he recalled. ‘This place was jammed.

‘The whole place was cordoned off and then basically we were asked by CID if we had any footage on our camera, which we do… There’s nothing, we can’t see the little one, the family, nothing. We were quite worried at the same time, we’ve got a six-year-old girl.

A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder. She has since been released from custody under investigation, Hampshire Police said

A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder. She has since been released from custody under investigation, Hampshire Police said

The pond is a few hundred feet away from Forge Road where the girl was reported missing

The pond is a few hundred feet away from Forge Road where the girl was reported missing 

‘A two-year-old has lost her life, it’s absolutely terrible. We’ve met her, we always said ‘Hello’ and she used to say ‘Hi’. At Halloween Annabel used to come in and look at the decorations.

‘This has shocked us to the core. When Annabel popped round, our daughter would pop out and speak to her.

‘She was gorgeous, she was a beautiful little girl.’

The cordon at the pond was removed today and police officers were seen patrolling the water.

The area is popular for fishing and dog walkers, with many parents and children also walking around the area.

Rev Matt Boyes, vicar of all Saints Church, issued condolences on behalf of the parish community. He said: ‘It’s every parent’s nightmare for this to be happening and the impact on the wider community will be huge as well.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said on Tuesday night: ‘Officers are appealing for information following the death of a child who was found unresponsive at Kingsley Pond.

‘Police were called at 5.02pm on Sunday, 10 September, to a report of a two-year-old girl who had gone missing from her home.

‘She was found a short time later in Kingsley Pond.

‘She was taken to hospital in a serious condition but sadly died on Monday afternoon. Her family are being supported by officers.’




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