A HEARTBROKEN dad has paid tribute to his two-year-old girl who died with one man arrested by cops.

The tot passed away after being critically injured in an incident in a County Durham village on Wednesday afternoon.



She was not named by police but was named on social media as Maya Louise Chappell.

The 2-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after emergency services were scrambled to Milton Grove, Shotton Colliery earlier this week.

A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assaultwith intent to cause serious harm.

Maya's heartbroken dad James Chappell took to social media last night to announce the death of his daughter, who he described as "my life, my earth and my idol".

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In a Facebook tribute post James said: “It breaks my heart to be writing this but sadly my beautiful brave little girl has gained her wings, she was too good for this world and as a reward she’s going to play in the stars.

"I love you so much Maya Louise Chappell, you are my life, my earth and my idol and I’ll always look up to you and love you with all my heart. RIP baby girl.

"Anyone who would like to pay their respects via social media are more than welcome.” 

After Maya's tragic death, a JustGiving page has been set up in her name to help pay for her funeral.

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Police are advising neighbours not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector, Christopher Barker, earlier said: “We appreciate that friends, family and neighbours are deeply concerned by this incident, but we ask that the community refrains from speculation over the circumstances or naming of those involved online."

Cops are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "We can confirm a 2-year-old girl has sadly died following the incident on Wednesday.

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"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"A dedicated team of detectives from the Major Crime Team are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident and are currently following a number of lines of enquiry."

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