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A heartbroken dad has paid tribute to his five-year-old son after he was dead in a home on New Year's Eve.
Little Dylan Scanlon was found dead in the property in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at around 6.20pm after his mother ran out into the street screaming "he can't breathe".
Locals said the boy's mum begged neighbours for help – and one woman entered the home and performed CPR on him.
Police have since confirmed a woman, aged in her 30s, has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Gary Keenan, who is separated from the child's mum, described the youngster as his "best friend".
He wrote on Facebook: "To my Dylan, I love you more than everything in this world. You were my best friend and I’m really going to miss you son, sweet dreams and we will meet again one day, love you son. R.I.P love daddy."
Dylan's brother, Shawn Scanlon took to Facebook, addressing 'twisted' comments being left for the family and demanding people stop.
He said: "I have to put a post up to clarify this my brother passed away and it’s broken my heart and my family.
"But will people stop making the assumption of what happened everyone will know the truth when the police report is public and when we are consoled, so stop putting your twisted f**king comments while our family is grieving and waiting for answers."
Neighbours have since left flowers and a teddy bear outside the home with one heartbreaking tribute saying: "It's a cruel world – RIP Little One."
They told The Sun: "The boy’s mum came out into the street and shouted: 'He can't breathe'. A woman, who lives a few doors away, heard what was going on and went into the house.
"She saw the boy slumped on the sofa and performed CPR on him. But it was too late and he couldn’t be saved."
Another neighbour described Dylan as a "beautiful little boy".
Family friend, Jessica Lauren wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P to this special little boy, Dylan. Heartbroken for your family and my thoughts are with you all at this unbearable time.
"Light up the sky little man with that beautiful smile. Your brother loved you so so much! Shawn Scanlon, we love you and are always here for you."
Police have since cordoned off the property and forensics officers are carrying out checks, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Officers confirmed the case will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, due to "previous contact".
Detective Superintendent Chris Packer added: "Our thoughts are with the child's loved ones at this heart-breaking time. Specialist officers will offer them support.
"Our investigation is in the early stages and we'd ask anyone with information to contact us or Crimestoppers immediately.
"Due to previous police contact, this incident has been referred to our Professional Standards Branch and will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
"This sad news is bound to cause distress in the community but I would like to offer reassurance that we are doing everything we can to establish the circumstances."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3656 quoting 2284 31/12/21 or report anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- New Year
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