Shropshire

Boy drowned in Shropshire slurry pit, inquest told

Xander Shaw
Image caption The seven-year-old enjoyed tennis and science experiments

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded after seven-year old boy drowned in a slurry pit while playing on a farm in Shropshire.

Xander Shaw and his sister, Antonia, were at Keepers Holding, near Broseley, where his father Darren worked when the incident happened on 26 July last year.

The pair were told the pit was "out of bounds", the inquest heard.

Xander's father and the farmer, Max Ossig, discovered the boy's body after a 20-minute search.

He was taken to hospital in Telford but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The pit was by a barn and its surface was indistinguishable from the barn floor, the inquest heard.

Xander's parents Darren and Jayne Shaw, who live locally, said at the time of his death that their son was bright and adventurous.

Mrs Shaw said he was generous to a fault and had just discovered a love of tennis and enjoyed science experiments.

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