The heartbroken family of little baby Hunter McGleenan say their lives have been shattered.
The tragic events surrounding 11-month-old Hunter’s death has been compounded by the passing of his great grandmother just 24 hours later, on Wednesday.
The family released a statement through councillor Darren McNally, stating their overwhelming gratitude for the public’s condolences and support.
The statement read: “The family of Hunter and Ann McGleenan want to take this opportunity to thank people from every section of the community for all their support, messages of condolences and prayers over this past number of days. This has meant so much to us all
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by all those people who have contributed to the GoFundMe page set up by the local community in Keady.
“We now ask that the page is closed tomorrow morning as we go to lay to rest our mother/sister/grandmother and great grandmother Ann.
“Our hearts are broken and our lives have been shattered by recent events, the next number of days will be extremely difficult for the entire family circle.
“We respectfully request that media, be they journalists or photographers, stay away from the funeral services, thus allowing our family the time and space to grieve and to lay our beloved Ann and Hunter to rest.
“Thank you for your co operation.”
Earlier today, detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding Hunter’s tragic death say they are treating it as murder.
A post mortem into the death of Hunter McGleenan, who was 11-months-old, was completed yesterday (Thursday).
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Sadly, following the results of the post mortem, I can confirm I am now treating this as a murder investigation.
“My thoughts remain with Hunter’s family and loved ones who are coming to terms with their devastating loss.
“This is something no parent should ever have to experience. His family should be looking forward to Hunter’s second Christmas.”
Detective Chief Inspector Corrigan continued: “We have arrested a man, aged 31, in relation to the investigation and he remains in police custody at this time.
“As part of my investigation, I am interested in the movements of a White BMW 5 Series, registration 11D14035, around the Keady area during the early hours of Tuesday, November 26.
“Were you in the area and do you believe you saw this vehicle, or did you capture it on your dash cam?
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 587 of the 26/11/19. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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