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Two-year-old girl dies following suspected assault and…

A two-year-old girl has died following the arrest of two people on suspicion of assault and neglect, police have said.

Lola James, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, died in hospital four days after officers were called to an address in the town on the morning of Friday July 17.

On Wednesday, Dyfed-Powys Police released a tribute to the toddler, written by her father, Dan Thomas, who said he would seek justice over her “cruel” death.

Mr Thomas said: “From the very first time I met my beautiful daughter, Lola Patricia James, my heart was filled with such joy, a happiness I’d never felt before, an unconditional love and need to always protect her for the rest of her life.

“Not in a million years did I think her life would be snatched away from her in such a cruel way.

“All the things she never had chance to learn, see or say, and all the things I will never have chance to teach her – to write her name, ride a bike or drive a car.

“Lola, you have left a hole in the hearts of everyone you met. Your sparkly eyes and beautiful smile will be missed always.

“I would like to thank every doctor, nurse and healthcare assistant that not only helped Lola, but threw everything they had at her to try and save her life.

“To the staff at Noah’s Ark (Children’s Hospital), Cardiff, you truly were amazing.

“Rest in peace has never been so meaningful to me, but rest now, Lola, whilst Daddy seeks the justice you deserve.”

Police later released a tribute from Lola’s grandmother, Nicola James, who said: “We would like to thank everyone who helped Lola, ambulance crew, staff at Withybush Hospital and Noah’s Ark Cardiff who did everything they could to help Lola and supported the family so well.

“Your big sister is especially gonna miss staying up late playing Frozen, when you should be sleeping, giving the best big hugs and the most beautiful singing and playing in the doll’s house.

“Nanny’s gonna miss your mischievousness and your loud crazy personality.

“Our family would like to say thank you to the friends and family that have been supportive, and all those who have refrained from any action that could impact on ongoing enquires, as well as the people who have cooperated with the police throughout their investigation.

“Our beautiful girl, with your big sparkly eyes and soft blonde curls, you will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten. Shine bright baby girl, our sparkling star.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to an address in Haverfordwest on the morning of Friday July 17.

“Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assault and neglect, and the investigation is ongoing.

“Her family continue to be supported by specialist trained officers.”

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