Boy, 2, crushed to death by chest of drawers at home


A two-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a chest of drawers.

Archie Tafts, from the village of Cloughmills, Co Antrim, suffered fatal injuries in the incident at his home on Tuesday when it is understood the piece of furniture fell on top of him

He was taken to hospital for treatment but died. His parents have appealed for privacy.

A statement by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on behalf of the family said they had "suffered a tremendous loss".

"Archie's parents and extended family would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time," said the statement.

"However as this is a personal tragedy for them, they will be making no public comment."

The death is being treated as accidental.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "As would be normal procedure with any sudden death, a report will be prepared for the information of the coroner."

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley offered his sympathies to the Tafts family.

"This is a devastating tragedy for this family and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," said the Democratic Unionist representative.

"The start of a new year is a time when we all make plans and preparations for the future. For this family however they face a future without a much-loved son and grandson. I know the thoughts of everyone in North Antrim and beyond will be with them at this incredibly difficult time."