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A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of 2 year old Roxie Jo-Anne Archer in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Police were called out to Elizabeth Street in the early hours of Saturday March 10th after reports that a young girl had fallen down the stairs and suffered a head injury.
The girl was taken to hospital, but died on the evening of Sunday 11 March 2012. A post-mortem's confirmed a head injury was the cause of death.
Police say it was the first time Roxie’s mum Sophie had been away from her as she had been taken on a surprise trip to New York by her dad to celebrate her 21st birthday. She was only in New York for two hours before returning home after hearing about her daughter's condition.
Detectives from GMP’s Major Incident Team are investigating the circumstances surrounding how Roxie came to suffer this injury.
Roxie’s mum, grandma, grandad and step-grandad have paid tribute to her. They said: “Roxie was a beautiful and clever little girl who had a smile that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her. “She had huge endearing eyes and a smile that filled a room. She loved to sing and dance, a little princess with a mischievous streak. Roxie has been tragically taken from us and heaven gained the brightest of all the stars.
Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley from GMP’s Tameside division said: "Our thoughts are with Roxie’s family at this tragic time, who are understandably beside themselves with grief as they try to come to terms with the loss of their little girl. Roxie suffered a fatal head injury and while we don’t want people to speculate on how exactly this has happened, detectives are carrying out a complete and thorough investigation to ensure that the exact circumstances around Roxie’s death are established."