Family of tragic Doncaster toddler Keigan O'Brien thank public for support

The family of a Doncaster toddler whose death sparked a murder probe have thanked the public for their support.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 6:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 6:41 pm

Two-year-old Keigan O’Brien died in hospital on Thursday, January 9, the day after paramedics were called to his home on Bosworth Road, in Adwick, when he went into cardiac arrest.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died of head injuries, and a man, aged 36, and a woman, 32, have been charged with his murder.

A fundraising page has now raised more than £4,500 to help pay for Keigan’s funeral and support his siblings who have lost their little brother.

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A spokesperson for the family said: “Thank you for all of the fundraising that has been done for Keigan. It is a very difficult time for us and we appreciate everyone’s time and efforts, especially Stuart Denman for all his hard work.

“As a family we are still dealing with the situation the best we can and while we are incredibly appreciative of everyone’s kind words and support, we would like to maintain our privacy and ask that it’s respected as we try to come to terms with what has happened.”

Keigan’s mother Sarah O’Brien and her partner, Martin Currie, have both been charged with murder and remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on May 18.

Stuart Denman, who launched the fundraising appeal, said: “He had just turned two and had his life cut short in very sad circumstances. He will have been still learning to talk and play.

“The life he should have had, full of happiness, smiles and laughter has gone, just like that.

“We all know that funerals are free but are only the basic package which is great but he deserves the best.

“The ones who are suffering the most are Keigan’s sisters - blink of an eye and their world has fallen to bits.”

Anyone with concerns or information in relation to Keigan’s death is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 293 of January 8.

You can also submit information via the Major Incident Public Portal at mipp.police.uk/operation/14SY20A01-PO1.To donate to the fundraising appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keigan-obrien.