Girl, 2, dies when man is arrested and heartbroken father pays tribute to ‘my life, my earth and my idol’

THE heartbroken father of a two-year-old girl who died under “the most horrible circumstances” has paid tribute to his “beautiful little angel”.

James Chappell has told how little Maya Louise, who died after being critically injured in an incident in Durham, was his “life, earth and idol”.

James Chappell paid a moving tribute to his late daughter Maya

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James Chappell paid a moving tribute to his late daughter MayaCredit: Facebook
A fundraiser was set up for her funeral

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A fundraiser was set up for her funeralCredit: Facebook
The 2-year-old died after being rushed to hospital in critical condition

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The 2-year-old died after being rushed to hospital in critical conditionCredit: Facebook
Forensic teams were on site in County Durham

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Forensic teams were on site in County DurhamCredit: NNP

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

The toddler was flown to hospital in Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon after ambulance services were rushed to Milton Grove, Shotton Colliery.

Her grieving father James took to social media last night to tell friends and family of the tot’s death.

He wrote: “It breaks my heart to write this but unfortunately my beautiful brave little girl got her wings.

“She was too good for this world and as a reward she will play in the stars.

“I love you so much Maya Louise Chappell, you are my life, my earth and my idol.”

After Maya’s tragic death, a JustGiving page was set up on her behalf to help pay for her funeral.

Sharing the page on his Facebook, James said: “Please share, anything helps.

“I want my daughter to have a day that’s as awesome as her image and show people that they want an amazing little girl, who she really was.”

The fundraiser, which has already raised more than £3,000, reads: “As you may already know, our beautiful Maya Louise Chappell passed away in the most appalling circumstances on Friday.

“Nobody, let alone a 2-year-old, should have to go through that. It was a big shock for the family.

“We as a family have found some comfort in seeing how many lives Maya has touched.

“Her smile was so bright, her laugh so infectious and her cheeky personality meant you couldn’t help but love her.

“She was loved by many and will always be loved.”

Her family have asked locals to join in their mourning and release balloons and lanterns on the night of her funeral, which has yet to be set a date.

James also asks the mourners to dress in his daughter’s favorite colors.

He said: “I want to make the city pink for the day too, as it was my little girls’ favorite color.

“So if you have pink, wear it or show it etc.

“Anyone who wants to get involved and show their support is welcome.

“Thank you for all the love and prayers you have all shown to my beautiful little angel so far.”

Maya’s godmother also paid a moving homage to the death of the “angel”.

Emma-Louise Hamilton wrote on Facebook: “Our beautiful little girl, you got your angel wings and now you can rest easy, I can’t even believe I’m writing this, this should never have happened and it hurts so much.

“Today being asked to be your godmother meant the absolute world to me just like you you were so loved by so many people around you rest in peace angel.”

Police advise neighbors not to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Barker previously said: “We appreciate that friends, family and neighbors are deeply concerned by this incident, but we ask that the community refrain from speculating online as to the circumstances or the names of those involved.”

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that a 2-year-old girl has sadly died following Wednesday’s incident.

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

“A dedicated team of investigators from the Major Crime Team continue to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident and are currently pursuing a number of investigative lines.”

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