Grace Thorpe was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after police were called to a report of a seriously injured child in the North Yorkshire village of New Marske on Tuesday morning. But yesterday Cleveland Police announced that doctors had failed to save the critically injured youngster. Grace’s devastated family were last night being supported by specially trained officers as her dad Jay, 31, updated his Facebook page with a photo of Grace captioned “My Princess”.
Mr Thorpe is separated from his former partner – Grace’s mum Alice Quine, 25, – who shell-shocked neighbours yesterday said had been in a relationship with a new man since November 2019.
Det Ch Insp Peter Carr said: “Whilst the loss of any life is tragic, the loss of a child is particularly devastating and Grace’s family are understandably distraught. Our thoughts remain with Grace’s family and everyone affected by her loss.
“We’re working hard to establish the full circumstances leading up to her death and have a dedicated team of officers on the case. We know that Grace’s death will have a huge impact on the community.
“We have officers in the local area and anyone who would like to speak to someone can approach the team.
“We would also urge people to be mindful of what they post on social media, particularly in regards to speculation. This is in active legal case and we do have someone in police custody.
“Please bear in mind the impact any comments could have on the case, and on Grace’s family during this extremely difficult time.”
The death has sent shock waves reverberating across the community of New Marske and beyond with many people urging others to “Turn your Facebook pink” in memory of the little girl.
Police vehicles, including Crime Scene Investigation units have remained at the scene since Tuesday, with a cordon at the rear of the property.
Emergency services were called to Dale Street at 9.47am on Tuesday.
The air ambulance helicopter landed on a field, closely followed by two road ambulances.
Neighbours were left in shock by the news, and many people have expressed their sorrow on social media after hearing of the little girl’s death.
One said: “This is absolutely devastating news, everyone is in shock. She was such a happy little girl. Nobody can believe it.”