Northern Ireland

Cloughmills: Two-year-old crushed to death by drawers

Cloughmills Reformed Presbyterian Church
Image caption Staff at the mothers and toddlers group at Cloughmills Reformed Presbyterian Church, where Archie Tafts attended, paid tribute to the child

A toddler has died after being crushed by a falling chest of drawers at a house in the village of Cloughmills, County Antrim.

He was two-year-old Archie Tafts. It is understood the accident happened on Tuesday.

Heather Loughridge works at the Reformed Presbyterian Church mothers and toddlers group, which Archie attended.

She described him as "a very pleasant boy".

"Archie was a lovely, smiley wee fellow," she said. "He always took part in the singing and dancing at the end and really enjoyed it.

"When you hear these things, it puts everything else into perspective. It's hard for people to take in."

She said the toddlers group held a Christmas party the last day they met and he was "singing and dancing".

Image caption Heather Loughridge said it was hard for people who knew Archie to take in the news of his sudden death

"He made a wee reindeer picture that day and one of our other leaders said to his mum to put the date on it so she could remember when he did it. That'll be a wee memory of his last Christmas," she said.

"It'll be hard for us all going back next week after the break."

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Archie's parents and extended family would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time, however, as this is a personal tragedy for them, they will be making no public comment."