Updated: Tuesday, 30th September 2014 @ 10:06am

Post mortem reveals Bolton toddler Rio Smedley died from fatal abdominal injuries

Post mortem reveals Bolton toddler Rio Smedley died from fatal abdominal injuries

By Dean Wilkins

A Bolton toddler died as a result of abdominal injuries, a post mortem examination revealed today.

Rio Smedley, 2, was found at a house on Cheriton Drive after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Rio was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital where he later died and police are continuing to question a 22-year-old male on suspicion of murder.

A post mortem examination into the death of a two-year-old boy in Bolton has found that he died from abdominal injuries.

Detective Inspector Chris Wood, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "I would like to extend my sympathies to this young boy’s family and friends at what is clearly a very difficult and emotional time for everyone.

“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.”

Rio’s family paid tribute to the toddler yesterday and said: “Rio was the loving son of Kirsty, brother of Ella, Grandson of Karen and Paddy, Gordon and Yvonne, nephew of Shaun and Jason.

“He will be greatly missed and the family now ask for some peace during this hard time.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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