Woman arrested after death of five-year-old boy in Coventry

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a five-year-old boy in Coventry.

Police in the West Midlands said the child was found with serious injuries at an address in Poplar Road, Earlsdon, just after 5.55pm on Tuesday. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

A 49-year-old woman – who police said is understood to be known to the boy – has been arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

Supt Ronan Tyrer, from Coventry police, said: “This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with all those impacted by this terrible passing.

“The loss of any life – especially one so young – is always extremely painful and we know this will cause a lot of shock and concern.

“A suspect has been arrested and it’s important we allow time for detectives to fully investigate the circumstances around the death.

“We’ll continue to have a policing presence in the area and do our best to support everyone during this difficult time.”