DETECTIVES probing the death of a two-year-old child have questioned a man and a woman on suspicion of manslaughter and neglect.

Essex Police have exclusively confirmed to the Gazette how the force received a callout to the Tollgate Road area in Stanway on the morning of Sunday, November 7.

When officers arrived they found a two-year-old child was unresponsive.

A spokesman said: “We received a call from colleagues in the ambulance service at about 8.13am on Sunday, November 7.

“We arrived and found a child unresponsive.

“Sadly, the two-year old died.

“We are working to establish the facts and a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out.”

Police confirmed a 40-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of child neglect and manslaughter.

They were released on bail until tomorrow.

The spokesman added: “There is no further risk to the wider community.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Essex Police.

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Anyone with information can call Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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