Dorset

Man charged with murder of two-year-old in Broadmayne

Harry House Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Harry House died in hospital after being found seriously ill at a house in Broadmayne on 26 May

A man has been charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy who was found seriously ill at a house in Dorset.

Harry House died in hospital after paramedics were called to the property in Main Street, Broadmayne, near Dorchester, on 26 May.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

Josephe Eke, 21, of Main Street, Broadmayne, is due before Bournemouth magistrates on Thursday.

Image caption The boy was found to be "seriously ill" and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead

Dorset Police said Mr Eke was the partner of Harry's mother.

A 22-year-old woman from the Dorchester area who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released from police bail without charge.

Det Ch Insp Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: "Following a thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

"Family liaison officers have updated Harry's family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."

Det Ch Insp Derbyshire warned members of the public not to post material on social media that could jeopardise any future court proceedings.

Image caption Police warned members of the public that posting inappropriate material online could affect court proceedings

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