Southampton Paddling Pool Death Inquest

An inquest will be resumed today into the death of a toddler who was found unconscious in a paddling pool.

Brooklyn Emon, aged two years and eight months, was found not breathing in the garden of his home in Hatley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, on Wednesday April 20.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but medics were unable to save him.

A full inquest hearing into his death will be held at Southampton Coroner's Court this morning.

His parents, Leah Montague and Adam Emon, said in a statement released after his death that the toddler would be missed by his whole family, including his older half-brother Jamie, seven and brother Lewis, one.

They said: ''Brooklyn was such a happy little boy. He was always laughing and his smile could brighten up even the darkest days.

''He was an adventurous little boy and was the definition of fun. He had a special smile that everyone who met him would always remember.

''He was very close to his little brother Lewis and was always looking out for him and making sure he was okay.

''Brooklyn was an amazing little boy who touched the lives of so many people. We just want him to wake up and give us a cuddle. It's killing us to stay strong but we have to for Lewis.

''Brooklyn also had an older half-brother, Jamie, aged seven, who was his best friend. He always looked forward to him coming to stay.

''One of our proudest moments as parents was seeing Brooklyn ride his bike just hours before he tragically died.

''We would like to thank all our family and friends for the love and support they have given us during this difficult time.

''We would especially like to thank Brooklyn's nanny and granddad - Brenda and Andrew Montague - his great grandparents Pat McKenzie and Harold Lloyd and Doreen and Roy Montague, and also Sam McKenzie, aunty Sam and nanny Sonia.

''We miss Brooklyn so much. We will always love him. He will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.''