A Mother screamed “my child” after a boy was allegedly “snatched near a Co-op and stabbed” to death as cops quiz a woman, 49, on suspicion of murder.
The youngster, five, was discovered with fatal injuries at his home in Coventry, West Mids, yesterday evening.
Witnesses say they saw a woman run into a nearby Co-op store screaming “Police, police! My child, my child” before cops tragically discovered the boy’s body less than an hour later.
Store managers allegedly rang 999 before the shop was later closed for officers to retrieve CCTV.
A shopper, who witnessed the mum’s pleas, told The Sun: “She came in screaming for help at about 5.20pm. She wanted the police and then she left.
“She came in begging for help – she started screaming ‘police, police. My child, my child.
She was in real distress. The police were called and then they shut the shop.
“They told everyone to get out of the shop. I think they were checking for CCTV and figure out the whereabouts of where this woman had gone.
I don’t know who the woman was – I thought it must have been the mum if she was saying ‘my child’.”
The woman added: “I’ve got friends who live on the street where the boy died. I was told he was stabbed. I just can’t get my head around it.
A second witness added: “The mum started shouting ‘kidnap, kidnap’.
“She was desperate. She was trying to get everyone’s attention as she saw her son lead away. It was horrific.”
A dog-walking neighbour also told The Sun she was told that the boy was snatched from the nearby Co-op store on Earlsdon Street.
He was then allegedly taken to the house, nearby on Poplar Road, where he was killed.
The neighbour said she heard “screaming” and “shouting” before police turned up at the home a short while later.
Police were unable to confirm if the boy was stabbed and are waiting on the post mortem results.
Emergency services were called to Poplar Road in Earlsdon shortly before 6pm yesterday.
A woman, aged 49, was arrested and taken in for questioning on suspicion of murder, cops said.
Police confirmed that the woman was known to the five-year-old boy.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics the boy, who has not been named, was confirmed dead at the scene.
Police and forensics officers are understood to be combing the terraced house for vital clues, conducting door-to-door enquiries and looking for CCTV.
Superintendent Ronan Tyrer, from Coventry Police, said: “This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with all those impacted by this terrible passing.
“The loss of any life – especially one so young – is always extremely painful and we know this will cause a lot of shock and concern.
“A suspect has been arrested and it’s important we allow time for detectives to fully investigate the circumstances around the death.
“We’ll continue to have a policing presence in the area and do our best to support everyone during this difficult time.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a boy in a serious condition. He was already receiving medical attention from police colleagues.
“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”