Murder investigation launched after death of 5-year-old boy

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Detectives say they have launched a murder investigation after the death of a five year old boy following an incident in a park

Police say they were called to a hospital in South London where the boy had been taken suffering from severe head injuries. While medics battled to save his life, the child passed away in hospital and an investigation was immediately launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

A man, understood to have been with the boy in a city park immediately before his death, has now been arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. He is being held in custody ahead of a court appearance.

A post mortem examination has already been held to determine cause of death and the results are expected to be made public within days. Officers are now calling on anyone with information to come forward so they can develop a fuller picture of what led to the little boy’s death.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, who is heading up the investigation, said: “We are appealing to find any witnesses who were in, or near to, Mountsfield Park, Catford between approximately 17:15hrs and 18:45hrs on Sunday, 20 November, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding an incident involving a man in the company of a child.”

Officers will be conducting appeals one-week on at the park in Catford where the victim was injured before being taken to hospital. They plan to return to the park on November 27 to conduct appeals as that will be exactly one week since the incident. They hope that there may be witnesses who have a routine of visiting the park at the same time each week.

The man charged has now been named as Marvin Iheanacho, 38, from Wesley Avenue, Hounslow. He has already appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court and will go to Woolwich Crown Court on December 20.