Pictured: Girl, 3, who died after being found lifeless in family home

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Pictured: Girl, 3, who died after being found lifeless in family home
A post mortem examination failed to establish the cause of little Bethan’s death following an incident at her home in Fordingbridge. (Picture: Hampshire Police/ PA Wire)

A devastated family paid tribute to a three-year-old, whose mother was arrested on suspicion of murdering her.

Bethan Colebourn, who was today pictured for the first time, was rushed to Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire in October after being found lifeless in a bungalow.

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She died shortly after arrival.

A post mortem examination failed to establish the cause of little Bethan’s death following an incident at her home in Fordingbridge.

Officials are now awaiting results on further tests.

Pictured: Girl, 3, who died after being found lifeless in family home
Bethan Colebourn, who was today pictured for the first time, was rushed to Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire in October after being found lifeless in a bungalow. (Picture: Simon Czapp/ Solent News & Photo Agency UK)

Bethan’s mother, former science teacher Claire Colebourn, 35, was released from police custody after four days while the investigation continues.

In a statement following her funeral this afternoon, distraught family members described the child as ‘a fun loving, adventurous and caring young girl who will be dearly missed’.

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They added: ‘Family and friends are devastated at our tragic loss.

‘Bethan brought so much happiness and joy to so many people’s lives.

‘Bethan was a fun loving, adventurous and caring young girl who will be dearly missed.

‘She will be in our hearts and minds forever.’

After her arrest over her daughter’s alleged murder, Mrs Colebourn suffered a ‘medical episode’ while in custody and received hospital treatment.

This meant detectives had to delay interviewing her.

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It is not known whether Bethan’s parents were still living together at the time of the incident, although neighbours said his car had not been seen on the driveway in recent weeks.

One neighbour who had been to the Colebourns’ at Christmas described them as a lovely family.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I cannot believe what has happened. Claire and Michael were nice people, and they had a lovely little girl called Bethan.

‘We went there at Christmas for a few drinks, because they know our neighbour – I think they both own horses.’

A mother who went to the same baby group as Claire and Bethan said: ‘I went to a baby group with Claire, she is a lovely woman.

‘I started going just before her little girl left, so I didn’t know her that well.

‘But I ride my bike past their house a lot and if I ever see her she always says hello to me.’



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