Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Tommy Sheldon dies in hospital from Hursley car fire injuries

Tommy Sheldon Image copyright Police
Image caption Tommy Sheldon spent two weeks in hospital undergoing treatment

A five-year-old boy has died following a car fire that left his mother and sister severely injured.

Tommy Sheldon, from Southampton, died on Monday two weeks after the fire in Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, Hampshire, on 11 August.

His mother, 37, and sister, six, are still being treated in hospital. The car was destroyed in the blaze.

Detectives at Hampshire Constabulary have now launched a murder investigation into the death.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held later and no arrests have been made.

Image caption Police are investigating the cause of the fire

Det Insp Simon Baker, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "Despite Tommy's battle to survive his injuries, sadly he has lost his fight for life.

"This tragic news means that our investigation now becomes a murder inquiry.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have been affected by this distressing incident.

"We would ask people to respect the family's privacy at this very difficult time."

Tommy was rescued from inside the burning car by a passer-by and his mother and sister were found next to the vehicle.

He was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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