Trickster seeking to profit from road death of little boy

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A WOMAN has allegedly been trying to cash in on the death of a two-year-old boy after claiming to raise money on the family’s behalf.

Levi Brailsford died when he suffered serious head injuries falling from a moving car in Stockwood on May 11.

Several people have since reported a woman knocking on doors across Bristol asking for money for his funeral and headstone.

But the toddler’s parents, who buried their son last Friday, told a local newspaper they have not given anyone permission to collect money in his name.

Levi’s father Kevin, 33, told the paper: “We haven’t asked anyone to do it and for anyone to make any money in my poor boy’s name is very upsetting for us all.

“People shouldn’t give this woman any money because we don’t know who she is.”

The family have been contacted about the woman asking for donations by friends living in Redland, Withywood, Hartcliffe and Hengrove.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: “Both police and the family of Levi are aware of a woman who claims to be collecting on behalf of them for a headstone.

“None of these collections has been sanctioned by the family.

“We would urge anyone who is approached to make a donation to report it to us on 101.”

The toddler was travelling in a car driven by a family member when the incident happened.

As the car turned left out of Hollway Road into Stockwood Lane Levi fell from the vehicle on to the road.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene before he was taken to Frenchay Hospital, where his death was confirmed.

More than 40 bunches of flowers, cards and soft toys were left at the scene of the incident, including a card from Levi’s parents.

The message read: “A big thank you to everyone who has given for our baby boy Levi, our little star. We have taken the cards and toys to put in his box again.”

A funeral was held for the toddler last Friday at South Bristol Cemetery.