Parents of Archie Tafts (2) 'devastated' by tragic death

Two-year-old Archie Tafts, from Cloughmills in Co Antrim, died from his injuries
Brendan Hughes

A YOUNG Co Antrim family's "perfect life" has been shattered after their two-year-old boy was crushed to death by a chest of drawers.

Archie Tafts suffered fatal injuries in the tragic accident at his home near Cloughmills when it is understood the piece of furniture toppled on top of him.

The toddler was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident on Tuesday afternoon but died later.

His recently engaged parents, Nicola Lorimer and Phillip Tafts, and six-year-old brother Jack are being comforted by family and friends.

On her Facebook page Ms Lorimer had previously described having the "perfect life".

She wrote that she "has the most cutest little boys who I love with all my heart and the nicest boyfriend ever – love you boys".

Nicola works as a sales administrator at Ballymena-based firm Wrightbus, according to her online profiles.

Last year she shared how Archie had become a fan of some songs by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

And one heartbreaking photo on her Facebook profile from 2014 shows the family enjoying Christmas morning.

Nicola was said to have been at work at the time of the accident and her young children were being cared for by a trusted relative.

It is understood Archie may have been climbing up the chest of drawers when they fell.

A statement from the PSNI on behalf of the family said they had "suffered a tremendous loss" and that Archie's parents have requested privacy.

"Archie's parents and extended family would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time," a police spokeswoman said.

"However as this is a personal tragedy for them, they will be making no public comment."

The death is being treated as accidental.

The police spokeswoman added: "As would be normal procedure with any sudden death, a report will be prepared for the information of the coroner."

Friends left scores of messages of support for the family on social networking websites throughout yesterday as details of the tragedy emerged.

DUP councillor John Finlay, who is from Cloughmills, visited the family yesterday afternoon.

"They are devastated. I would say they are almost so shocked that they haven't come to terms with it," he said.

He said Archie's grandparents and great-grandparents still live in Cloughmills, and the toddler had been visiting his great-grandparents earlier on the day of his death.

"To lose a young son in this way is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions, and I cannot begin to imagine the grief and sorrow his parents and the family circle are now having to endure," he added.

UUP councillor Darryl Wilson said the death was "another blow" for the area after the loss a young child in a high-profile tragedy in late 2014.

Eight-year-old Adam Gilmour was killed after his family was knocked down by a car while walking along a country road to meet a school bus.

"It is obviously devastating news for Cloughmills. The village has been no stranger to tragedy, and this is another blow to that community and to the borough," he said.

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay expressed his condolences, saying: "This is a terrible start to the new year for the family and friends of this young boy."


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