Grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

THE grieving dad of a 2-year-old girl who died has shared a heart-breaking video of his “princess” and her “loving and innocent voice”.

James Chappell paid a loving tribute to little Maya Louise, who passed away after being critically injured in an incident in Durham.

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

James Chappell and Maya Louise, 2, who tragically died last weekCredit: Facebook

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

The grieving dad shared a heart-breaking video last nightCredit: Facebook

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

James paid a moving tribute to his “princess”Credit: Facebook

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

Maya was airlifted to hospital but sadly did not surviveCredit: Facebook

The toddler was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after emergency services were scrambled to Milton Grove, Shotton Colliery, last Wednesday afternoon.

A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with intent to cause serious harm before being released under investigation.

Dad James took to social media last night to post a video in memory of the tot along with some brave words.

He wrote: “Such a loving and innocent voice man I am remaining strong for my little girl even though my hearts breaking inside.

“I hope you’re with me every second of everyday princess until we meet again.”

The touching video shows a happy and smiling Maya Louise playing while saying “cheese” to the camera.

In a previous post, James had sadly informed friends and family of the tot's death, paying tribute to his daughter as his “life, earth and idol”.

Heartbroken locals have placed an ever growing sea of toys and tributes outside the home where Maya was found.

Teddy bears, balloons, and stuffed animals were placed on the kerb, along with flowers, card and pictures.

One devastated neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I didn't know where the noise was coming from at first, I thought it was just kids in the street.

“Then I realised something was wrong when we saw the police. I couldn't believe it when the helicopter landed on the green.

“It's not what you expect at all. It's really shaken the whole community.

“There's rumours around but nobody knows exactly what happened.”

One elderly resident said she was heartbroken by the news.

She said: “You don't hear of anything like this around our doors.

“I have grandchildren of my own and it's so upsetting to happen here because we're so close-knit.”

The grandmother added: “Goodness knows what her poor dad must be going through as well.

“It makes you feel sick and it turns your stomach, it's tragic.

“When I found out on Friday night that she had died it broke my heart.”

Another local, who lives close to the house, said: “When I was picking the kids up from school I saw a lot of police and a couple of ambulances.

“Then there was more and more and by that time the helicopter was out.

“I didn't know who lived there but still we are all absolutely shattered about it.

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

James Chappell had posted a tribute to Maya on September 30Credit: Facebook

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

The dad was heartbroken after her deathCredit: GoFundMe

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

Maya's death left the community devastatedCredit: Facebook

“You could never have dreamed it. We don't know if anything bad has happened previous to it.

“Everyone is devastated because it's not something that happens in our community.

“I can't imagine what must have been going on. We were going about our day-to-day lives while something terrible was happening.

“Some say she'd had an accident but with the police presence surely it must have been worse.

“I think the police were coming to all of the addresses nearby because they had received a call but they weren't sure which house it was.”

A JustGiving page has been set-up to help raise money for Maya's funeral, which has more than £6,000 in donations.

The fundraiser reads: “As you may already know our beautiful Maya Louise Chappell passed away on Friday under the most horrific circumstances.

“No person, never mind a 2-year-old child, should have to go through that. It came as a huge shock to the family.

“Her smile was so bright, her laugh so infectious and her cheeky character meant you couldn't help but love her.

“She was loved my many and will continue to be loved forever.”

“We as a family have taken a little comfort in seeing how many people's lives Maya has touched.

Her family have asked locals to join in their grief, and to release balloons and lanterns on the night of her funeral, for which a date has yet been set.

James is also asking mourners to dress in his daughter's favourite colours.

He said: “I am also wanting to make the town pink for the day as it was my little girls favourite colour.

“So if you have pink wear it or show it etc.

“Anyone who would like to take part and show there support is more than welcome.

“Thank you so much for all the love and prayerss you have all shown my beautiful little angel so far.”

Police are advising neighbours not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Det Chief Insp, Christopher Barker, earlier said: “We appreciate that friends, family and neighbours are deeply concerned by this incident, but we ask that the community refrains from speculation over the circumstances or naming of those involved online.”

While a Durham Police spokesman said: “We can confirm a 2-year-old girl has sadly died following the incident on Wednesday.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“A dedicated team of detectives from the Major Crime Team are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident and are currently following a number of lines of enquiry.”

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

Heartbroken locals left tributes outside a property on Milton GroveCredit: NNP

grieving dad of ‘princess’, 2, who died after ‘assault’ shares heartbreaking video of her ‘loving and innocent voice’

Floral tributes, messages and soft toys were laid for Maya LouiseCredit: NCJ Media

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