A man was being questioned by detectives last night on suspicion of murdering his five-year-old son, who died after being found injured in a Yorkshire house.
Paramedics were called to the semi-detached house in Wakefield, but were unable to save Haroon Ahmed, who died in hospital.
His 34-year-old father, who has not been named, was arrested after the ambulance service called in the police to the Aberford Road house at about 11.40am on Monday.
The case is being investigated by detectives from West Yorkshire Police’s elite Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
The boy was taken to nearby Pinderfields Hospital but died from his injuries.
It was unclear last night how the boy had been harmed. Police forensic officers remained at the house to gather evidence as the inquiry moved into its third day.
Neighbours said the property was bought two years ago by a man of Asian origin, who had started renovating it.
“He kept himself to himself, he was working on the house most days,” one said. “I think he may have moved into the house a few months ago, but I have never seen a child in the house.”
A couple living nearby added: “An Asian man bought the house about two years ago and was renovating it. He was friendly. We said hello now and then.
“He mentioned he may be bringing some family to live in the house, but wasn’t sure, and never mentioned this again.
“As far as I knew, nobody was living in the house. It was dark at night and I never saw a child, a woman or a family at the house. It’s a mystery.
“The last time I saw him was last Thursday when he was locking up the house for the night.
“It didn’t seem like anybody was living in the house or why would he be locking it up?”
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said inquiries were continuingg.