A 5-year-old boy who was found dead in a river in southern Wales was described as a bright and cheerful child whose smile “lighted up the world”.
Police on Monday named the boy Logan Mwangi-also known as Logan Williamson-and he lives in an apartment near the river in the village of Sann, near Bridgend.
South Wales police said a 39-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of murder. The main crime team of the force is investigating.
On Saturday morning, the boy was found in the Ogmore River. Since then, the police have been trying to determine where and how he died and how he fell into the shallow river.
Throughout Monday, police forensic personnel worked in the ground-floor apartment where the boy lived, while divers searched the river.
Neighbors and friends left cute toys, condolences and photos near the river bank.
A woman who asked not to be named said that Logan was her daughter’s best friend. She said: “He is smart, smart, happy, and polite. His smile illuminates the world. He doesn’t deserve this.” Her daughter left a picture she painted for the boy, which read: ” Logan, I love you.”
Friends said that Logan traveled to Blackpool with his family this summer. He has been in isolation because of the panic about the new crown virus. However, just the day before the tragedy, Logan saw someone playing football on the grass by the river.
A close family friend, 26-year-old Rhiannon Hales, said she was “completely confused” by what happened.
Hales is also a mother of two children. She said: “My little daughter is also five years old. She likes Logan very much. They are together like a little boyfriend and a little girlfriend. I was shocked and shocked by what happened. Shocked. He is such a happy kid who always says please and thank you. He likes to color and drew all coronavirus posters on the front windows of their apartment.”
Maisie-Rae, daughter of Lois Sheppard (Lois Sheppard), paid tribute to Logan. She said: “This is a tightly integrated community and we are all stunned.”
The boy was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, where his death was confirmed.
A statement from the South Wales Police said: “We can confirm that three people have been arrested after the report of the disappearance of a five-year-old boy in Bridgend Sahn and the subsequent discovery of the body in the Ogmore River.
“A 39-year-old man, 30-year-old woman and 13-year-old boy from the Bridgend area were arrested on suspicion of murder. We will not look for anyone else in connection with this incident.”
The police appealed to witnesses in the area at 5.45 am on Saturday to provide information.
Ch Insp Geraint White said: “This is a tragic incident. A young child lost his life tragically. We call on anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information to contact us. We hope that the public will not be on social media. Guess this, because this is an active investigation.
“If you have any information that can help, please report it to us. Our hearts are with our family, and we do our best to support them.”