A five-year-old boy has died of a head injury in a department store.
The youngster was taken to hospital in critical condition after the Fenwick incident on High Street in Colchester on July 27, but is now deceased.
Essex Police said officers were called by the ambulance service around 11:30 a.m. and administered first aid alongside store staff and customers.
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, Colchester District Commander, said: “I know I speak for all of my teams when I say we are extremely saddened by today’s news.
“This is a truly heartbreaking incident and all our thoughts are with the boy’s loved ones.
“On behalf of my agents in attendance, I would also like to thank the members of the public and store staff who went out of their way to assist us.
“We are extremely grateful for your help.”
Specialized agents continue to support the boy’s family.
The Fenwick store will be closed on Wednesday “as a sign of respect”.
Mia Fenwick, Director of Fenwick, said: “On behalf of the Fenwick family and the entire Fenwick team, it is with great sadness that we learned of the death of a young boy following an incident. occurred in our Colchester store last week.
“All of our thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family and friends during this very painful time.
“We continue to work closely with local authorities to understand how this happened.”