A five-year-old boy who drowned in a lake at a water park was found by a horrified child searching for his lost goggles.
Charlie Dunn was reportedly pulled from the water by an 11-year-old boy, who felt his hair between his fingers, at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire on Saturday afternoon.
The child, who was described as ‘cheeky and lovable’, was only recognised by the cartoon Minions shorts he was wearing when he was rescued.
His mother Lynsey Dunn, 28, who is three months pregnant, and step-father Paul Smith, 35, were arrested and questioned by police.
Officers have now said the pair have been bailed ‘pending further inquires’, adding that the investigation was ‘ongoing’.
They were believed to have lost track of their child as the packed up their car to head home.
Charlie was rushed to hospital where doctors said he had suffered severe brain damage, and the family made the heart-breaking decision to turn off the life-support machine.
His step-grandmother Sharon Robinson, 50, a carer from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: ‘Charlie was my step-grandson. It’s my son Paul’s stepson and Paul’s girlfriend Lynsey in Charlie’s mum.
‘He was at Bosworth Water Park with his mum, step-dad and his eight-year-old sister Rebecca.
‘They’ve been there so many times before. They were just loading the car ready to come back and Charlie had asked his dad if he could go to the park.
‘The last thing Paul said to him was ‘Yes you can go to the park, but we are going home in a minute.’
‘The park was in their view so they could keep an eye on him. He went with his sister, but for some reason he decided to go to the water.
‘Paul shouted the kids back to go home, and Rebecca came back but Charlie didn’t. Paul started to panic and went to the park but Charlie wasn’t there.
‘He ran back to the car and that’s when he saw a young boy being pulled out of the water.
A mother and father were arrested after a horrified boy allegedly found their drowned five-year-old son Charlie Dunn (pictured) in a lake at a water park while he searched for his lost goggles
Lynsey Dunn, 28, who is three months pregnant, and her husband Paul Smith, 35, were questioned by police after Charlie Dunn died at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire on Saturday afternoon
The child, who was described as ‘cheeky and lovable’, was pulled from the water and only recognised by the cartoon Minions shorts he was wearing
‘He knew it was Charlie because he was wearing Minion shorts.’
Ms Robinson added: ‘I was shopping at Morrisons and Paul called me and said ‘He’s gone blue, he’s blue. He told me he was going to the park.’
‘He’s beating himself up about it. Him and Lynsey will have to live with the guilt which is awful.
‘They have a one-year-old daughter and Lynsey is three months pregnant. They were leaving because Lynsey wasn’t feeling very well.’
Charlie was given CPR and paramedics also used a defibrillator and on the way to the hospital, paramedics managed to find a slight pulse.
However once at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, doctors were forced to put him on life support and revealed he had suffered severe brain damage. They added that his quality of life would be very poor if he lived.
Police conducted a search at the home of Charlie’s mother and step-father
Lynsey Dunn, 28, and step-father Paul Smith, 35, were believed to have lost track of Charlie as they packed up their car to head home after a day at the park
Police officers entered the home of Charlie’s parents after the tragic incident at the water park
‘Paul and Lynsey had to make the heart-breaking decision to turn the life support machine off.
‘We’ve had to explain to his sister that Charlie isn’t going to be coming him. ‘We’ve tried to diplomatically tell her.
‘The first thing she said to me was ‘Does that mean my mummy has to get rid of all of Charlie’s toys?’.
‘The police called me at 1am to tell me Paul and Lynsey had been arrested. ‘I screamed down the phone saying it was the last thing they needed. ‘The whole thing is just horrendous.’
Ms Robinson said: ‘He was funny, cheeky and loveable. He was a loving boy and was a typical five-year-old.
‘He loved his schoolwork and his school reports were brilliant. ‘He was only on the first weekend of his school holidays.’
Sheena Thomas wrote on social media: ‘My 11yr old nephew pulled this lil boy from the water after feeling his hair whilst searching for his goggles he had lost..
‘This is properly something my nephew with never 4get…’
Faeeza Mwnuk said she witnessed a ‘young boy being carried out of the shallow water by an older boy who ‘felt something by my feet”.
He was rushed to hospital where doctors said he had suffered severe brain damage, and the family made the heart-breaking decision to turn off the life-support machine
One witness said she saw a ‘young boy being carried out of the shallow water by an older boy who ‘felt something by my feet”’
A woman claiming to be the boy’s aunt said on social media that Charlie had asked to play with his sister in the playground while his parents loaded their car.
She said that it was only after his sister returned, unaware of his whereabouts, that they went back and saw a man pulling him out of the water.
Lisa-Jane Wood wrote: ‘The mother of the child is pregnant and became unwell and her partner was packing the car while looking after their nearly one-year-old child.
‘They never believed for a second he would go near the water as they had already played in the water earlier that day. They believed he had gone to his sister.
‘It was only on her return they asked where he was and she did not know. They went to the playground and he was nowhere in sight.’
Ms Wood added: ‘A child has died for God’s sake and a family is hurting. We will never know why he went by the water but it’s something this family will have to live with for the rest of their lives.’
Sharon Robinson commented on a post by the water park, saying: ‘Would like to thank everyone involving in trying to help the emergency services and a big thank you to Walgrave Hospital for the help and support.
‘I am a family member it was my grandson please do not speculate as no one really knows what happened, but it is a very sad time for us all and a very sad loss of such a young life.’
Leicestershire Police have appealed for anyone with video footage at the park on Saturday around the Blue Lagoon beach area to get in touch.
A woman claiming to be the boy’s aunt said on social media that the youngster had asked to play with his sister in the playground while his parents loaded their car
A witness claimed the child drowned in a ‘lagoon pool’ at the visitor attraction and two older boys reportedly tried to help by pulling him out of the water.
Raegan Birley wrote on Facebook ‘A little boy drowned in there lagoon pool. Two older boys got him out and lots of people tried to help but he passed away in hospital.’
‘We were quite near and were totally shaken to seeing this happen. To everyone that helped, you worked so so hard, it must be devastating to see this news. To this little boy’s family I am so so sorry.
‘Things can change in seconds and this must be horrific for any family to go through.
Visitors expressed their shock at the tragedy, with some calling for the park to be closed until it is deemed safe.
One mother, who did not want to be named, said: ‘My cousin was at the park when she saw ambulances and police all over the place yesterday.
‘She saw a young couple crying and assumed that might be the little boy’s parents but couldn’t be sure.
‘It sounds like a tragic accident and shows what can happen when you turn your eyes away from kids for even a second. The water is only a couple of feet deep, it’s truly awful.’
Dog-walker Anthony Wheeler, 50, said: ‘The park is an accident waiting to happen.
‘I have said for a long time that the park needs more lifeguards on duty, especially on busy days when there are more children around.
‘I must say I was surprised to see the park open as usual today, I would have expected it to be closed while investigations are carried out into exactly what happened.’
Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident at the water park to contact them.
Emergency services rushed to Bosworth Water Park in Market Bosworth at 3.50pm and the youngster was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire (pictured) where he later died
Dozens of people including families with children were thought to be at the park when the tragedy unfurled during the hottest week of the year.
Drone footage of the park shows its lakes for boating and fishing, a beach area, camping facilities and a play area.
The attraction’s owner Nigel Riley said it was a ‘dreadful incident’ and added that the park would reopen on Sunday, the BBC reported.
Tributes have been posted on social media following the incident, with Rozanne Williamson Jukes commenting: ‘Such sad news thoughts, hugs and prayers go out to the parents xx RIP little fellow xx’
Emma Woodward added: ‘Absolutely tragic! Thoughts are with the family at this horrific time! Fly high little one.’
Sally-Anne Jepson wrote: ‘Every parents’ nightmare. I was there and I thought the staff and emergency services acted quickly. I send my deepest sympathy to the whole family. Bless you all.’
Carmen Silk-Neilsen said: ‘Well done to all of you that tried in vain to save him! Complete strangers doing whatever they could, shows their are some decent people left in this world. R.i.p little one. My thoughts are with your whole family.’
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: ‘Police were called to Bosworth Water Park, Market Bosworth, at 3.50pm on Saturday after a young boy was taken to hospital.
A woman claiming to be the boy’s aunt alleged that it was only after his sister returned, unaware of his whereabouts, that his parents went back and reportedly saw a man pulling him out of the water
A witness claimed the child drowned in a ‘lagoon pool’ and two older boys reportedly tried to help by pulling him out of the water (pictured, aerial shot of the park)
‘The five-year-old boy was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire where he subsequently died.
‘An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the death. Two people, a man and woman, have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody.
‘Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 440 of 23 July.’
Police urged people ‘not to speculate’ about the incident and the circumstances surrounding the death.
A park spokesman said: ‘From all of the staff at Bosworth Water Park we would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to everyone effected by this tragic loss of life.’