The boy, Dylan Scanlon was tragically found dead at a property on Elm Road, in Limeside, at around 6.20pm on Friday evening, December 31. The young boy’s father has since paid tribute to his “best friend” on social media.
In an emotional public message posted on Facebook, Gary Keenan wrote: “To my Dylan, I love you more than everything in this world.
“You were my best friend and I’m really going to miss you son, sweet dreams and we will meet again one day, love you son. R.I.P love daddy.”
An online fundraising page to raise money for the family has also been set up and names the child as five-year-old Dylan.
Toys, balloons, candles and floral tributes have been left by a police cordon which remains in place on Elm Road on Sunday.
Among the items left at the scene are several cuddly toys and teddy bears.
One floral tribute reads: “We are consumed with sadness to learn of the tragic loss of Dylan.
“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathy and prayers. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss.”
Another reads: “It’s a cruel world – RIP Little One.”
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Police have launched an investigation and a woman in her 30s was detained under the Mental Health Act.
The case will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, due to “previous contact”, Greater Manchester Police confirmed.
Greater Manchester Police issued a statement about the incident on Friday night.
A spokesperson for the force said: “An investigation is underway following the death of a child in Oldham.
“At around 6.20pm on Friday 31 December 2021, we were called by the ambulance service responding to an incident at a property on Elm Road in the Limeside area.
“A child was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the death.
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“A woman in her 30s has been detained under the Mental Health Act.”
Detective Superintendent Chris Packer added: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this heart-breaking time. Specialist officers will offer them support.
“Our investigation is in the early stages and we’d ask anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers immediately.
“Due to previous police contact, this incident has been referred to our Professional Standards Branch and will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“This sad news is bound to cause distress in the community but I would like to offer reassurance that we are doing everything we can to establish the circumstances.”
Anyone with information has been encouraged to contact police on 0161 856 3656 quoting 2284 31/12/21.
Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.