The heartbroken family of a toddler who died after collapsing while he bounced on a trampoline today described him as a “beautiful, affectionate, fun loving little boy”.
The parents of three-year-old Corey Jack Oakes said they had been “devastated” by his death.
The toddler’s mother frantically called 999 after the child stopped breathing while playing in the garden at their home in West Heath earlier this week.
Paramedics said Corey was suffering from cardiac arrest when they arrived at the house in Staple Lodge Road.
They battled in vain to revive the youngster and raced him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Specially trained police family liaison officers have been supporting the family since the tragedy happened shortly before 11am on Monday.
In a tribute issued through police today, his anguished family said: “Corey was a beautiful, affectionate, fun loving little boy and we are left devastated by his death.
“An important part of our family has gone. We will never stop loving and missing Corey.”
Detectives are investigating and have said there is no indication that the youngster had fallen and banged his head.
A post-mortem has been carried out but proved inconclusive and more tests will now take place in order to confirm the cause of death.
West Midlands Police said the results of tests could take four to six weeks.
Neighbours said the family had only got the trampoline about six weeks ago and it had proved popular with their children.
One neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said: “They were always playing on it when the weather was nice. It’s one of those with an enclosure around it.
“They seemed to be such happy and friendly kids. It’s a real shame. Everyone is very shocked.”
The neighbour said that there was no sign of the trampoline in the garden of the modern detached home since the boy’s death.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address in West Heath at 11am on Monday, where a three-year-old boy was found.
“He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“A post mortem has taken place and the results of further tests are now awaited. This could take four to six weeks. We will not be disclosing any further details at this time.”