“As you may be aware, our officers were called at about 2pm yesterday following reports that a three-year-old child and his mother had fallen into the canal near Ash Bridge, near the A339, Newbury,” Thames Valley Police tweeted today.
“Officers attended. Both the woman and child were recovered from the water and taken to hospital. Tragically, the child later died in hospital.
“His family are being supported by specially trained officers and his mother has been discharged from hospital.”
They added that the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
“Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this incredibly difficult time,” the police added.