Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Tribute to Southampton paddling pool death toddler

Brooklyn Emon
Image caption Brooklyn was described as an adventurous little boy

The parents of a toddler who died after being found unconscious in a paddling pool in Southampton said their "happy little boy" would never be forgotten.

Brooklyn Emon, two, was found not breathing in the garden of his home in Hatley Road, Bitterne, on Wednesday.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but could not be saved.

Parents Leah Montague and Adam Emon said in a statement that he would be missed by his whole family, including older half-brother Jamie, seven.

They said: "Brooklyn was such a happy little boy. He was always laughing and his smile could brighten up even the darkest days.

'Touched the lives'

"He was an adventurous little boy and was the definition of fun. He had a special smile that everyone who met him would always remember.

"He was very close to his little brother Lewis - who will be one next month - and was always looking out for him and making sure he was OK.

"Brooklyn was an amazing little boy who touched the lives of so many people.

"We just want him to wake up and give us a cuddle. It's killing us to stay strong, but we have to for Lewis."

They added one of their proudest moments had been seeing Brooklyn ride his bike just hours before he died.

Hampshire Constabulary is investigating Brooklyn's death, but it is not currently being treated as suspicious.

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