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Tributes to baby in pond tragedy

THE grief-stricken family of a little girl who drowned in their garden pond have spoken of their heartbreak at her tragic death.

THE grief-stricken family of a little girl who drowned in their garden pond have spoken of their heartbreak at her tragic death.

Isabelle Rose Parkinson, who would have turned two in September, was found face down in a pond in the back garden of her parents' home at Hough Green, Chester, last Tuesday afternoon.

The tragedy took place just weeks after Drew and Carol Parkinson had moved with their children to the city from Australia to start a new life in Britain.

Paramedics and family members battled in vain to save the youngster at the scene, but she was later pronounced dead at Countess of Chester Hospital.

The death of Isabelle, who has an older brother Joshua, aged four, and sister Sarah, aged 14, was described as a "tragic accident" by police.

Last week, at their Victorian detached house a mile from the city centre, the family were too devastated to talk about their loss. But, in a handwritten statement yesterday, Mr and Mrs Parkinson paid tribute to their daughter, describing her as a lively, inquisitive child who loved to explore her surroundings.

They said: "Isabelle was a vibrant and carefree young baby who never liked being in one spot for longer than a minute.

"She was such a petite little girl with beautiful blue eyes and a crop of black curly ringlets. She was always happy and smiling unless she was hungry. One of her favourite places was being in the garden playing in a dirt pile.

"But most of all Isabelle loved exploring the inside of our house and being into mischief all alone."

The tragedy has delivered a devastating blow to Isabelle's sister who, while trying to come to terms with her grief, has composed a heart-rending poem to her baby sister.

Mr and Mrs Parkinson said: "Isabelle was extremely close to her older sister Sarah and they spent countless hours dancing to music in Sarah's room.

"Isabelle's favourite pastime was to watch the general traffic and public go by our house from the dining room window. She also loved her big brother Joshua. She spent her time jumping on him and being chased by him, ending up in fits of laughter.

"Isabelle's presence in our lives has made us even more determined never to take our other children for granted."

The family is being comforted by a Family Liaison Officer from Cheshire Police.

An inquest into the youngster's death has been adjourned.`

by Isabelle's 14-year-old sister Sarah:

A special poem for my baby sister Isabelle

I love you baby with all my heart

You are my sunshine, you bring me daylight

You are the moonshine who helps me through the lonely nights

The days were always bright with you

Your smile still warms my heart

This wasn't meant to happen, we were meant to see you grow up

I don't understand why, but at least now I know you are safe

So sweet little baby of mine, I'll try hard not to cry

In my heart you will always stay

One day, we will be together, my sister, my friend.


David Holmes
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