Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after girl, two, dies in Ashton stairs fall

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after girl, two, dies in Ashton stairs fall

By Dean Wilkins

Police are questioning a man on suspicion of murder after a two-year-old Ashton girl died after falling down stairs.

A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday and taken into custody as police continue to investigate the girl’s death.

A post-mortem examination found that Roxie Jo-Anne Archer died as a result of serious head injuries after falling down stairs.

Roxie’s family paid tribute to her and said: “Roxie was a beautiful and clever little girl who had a smile that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her.

“She had huge endearing eyes and a smile that filled a room. She loved to sing and dance, a little princess with a mischievous streak. Roxie has been tragically taken from us and heaven gained the brightest of all the stars.”

Shortly before 12.45am on Saturday 10 March 2012, police were called by Greater Manchester Ambulance Service to an incident at Elizabeth Street, Ashton-under-Lyne.

Roxie’s family added: “This was the first time that Roxie’s mum Sophie had been away from Roxie. She had gone on a surprise trip to New York with her father to celebrate her 21 st birthday.

“Sophie was only in New York for two hours before returning home after receiving this dreadful news.”

Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley from GMP’s Tameside division said: “Our thoughts are with Roxie’s family at this tragic time, who are understandably beside themselves with grief as they try to come to terms with the loss of their little girl.

“We have specially trained officers supporting the family and the community are also rallying round to do their best to help them in any way they can.

“Roxie suffered a fatal head injury and while we don’t want people to speculate on how exactly this has happened, detectives are carrying out a complete and thorough investigation to ensure that the exact circumstances around Roxie’s death are established.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 8531 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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