POLICE patrols have been stepped up in Earlsdon to reassure the community after the death of a five-year-old boy in Poplar Road last night.
A 49-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of murder is still in custody being questioned by officers. Police said the woman was not the boy’s mother.
Police added: “Our thoughts remain with the friends and family of a young boy who died in Coventry last night.
“We are aware this is the second incident in Earlsdon recently, and we want the local community to know that we have stepped up our patrols to offer reassurance and thank them for their patience.”
A post-mortem was being carried out today to determine the cause of death.
The property remains cordoned off while police continue their thorough forensic examination.
Supt Ronan Tyrer, from Coventry Police, said: “Our investigation continues into the desperately sad death of a young boy.
“Our specialist officers are supporting his parents and we cannot comprehend the grief they must feel. Our thoughts are with them.
“A woman remains in custody. She is known to the family, but is not the boy’s mother, so we would urge people to avoid speculation on social media or sharing posts which could ultimately cause distress.”