Toddler killed 'by father's car'

Herald Series: A 15-month-old girl has died after an accident involving a car reportedly driven by her father A 15-month-old girl has died after an accident involving a car reportedly driven by her father

A toddler has died after being hit by a car apparently driven by her own father.

Police and paramedics were called to an address in Leeds on Saturday night following reports that a black Toyota Avensis had struck a 15-month-old girl.

West Yorkshire Police said the child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokesman said the driver of the car, understood to be the girl's father, has been spoken to by officers.

He said officers were called to the incident in Cromwell Mount, in the Belle Isle area of the city, at 7.36pm on Saturday.

Sergeant Carl Quinn, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: "We are conducting a full investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding this child's death, although early indications are that this appears to have been a tragic accident.

"We are working closely with the child's family to support them at what will clearly be a very difficult time for them.

"We would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident itself to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.

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