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Agony of Logan Williamson's mother when doctors said boy, five, could not be saved

The distraught mother of a five-year-old boy whose body was found in a river over the weekend collapsed when doctors told her he could not be saved, family friends have revealed.

Logan Williamson was discovered in the River Ogmore close to his home in the village of Sarn near Bridgend early on Saturday, and South Wales Police officers have been questioning three people on suspicion of murder.

Logan and his family had recently returned from a holiday in Blackpool and contracted coronavirus during the trip. A man aged 39, a 30-year-old woman and a boy aged 13 remained in police custody last night.

Family friends said they received a phone call on Saturday morning from Logan's distraught mother Angharad Williamson to say he had been taken to the nearby Prince of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

She is said to have collapsed when doctors told her Logan could not be saved. Miss Williamson, a full-time mother, attended the hospital while her fiancé Jay Cole, a carer, stayed at home with their other children.

Logan Williamson is pictured with his mother Angharad Williamson and stepfather Jay Cole, who is Miss Williamson's partner

Logan Williamson, five, is pictured at the Ogmore River in Sarn near Bridgend where he was found dead on Saturday

Police forensics officers outside a pebbledash former council house in Sarn yesterday, where Logan is believed to have lived

The couple had been in a relationship for around three years. Miss Williamson's best friend Rhiannon Hales, 26, led tributes to Logan and described Miss Williamson as a devoted mother who was now devastated.

'They are good parents who love their children and bring them up well,' Miss Hales said. 'My little girl is also five and she loved Logan, they were like little boyfriend and girlfriend together.

'I'm shocked and just devastated by what's happened, he called me Auntie Rhi, but Logan was like my own little boy. He was such a happy kid, always said please and thank you. He loved colouring and did all the coronavirus posters in the front window of their flat.'

A neighbour said that Logan, also known as Logan Mwangi, was 'the kindest boy you could meet' and 'always looked so happy'. The neighbour added: 'He had a lovely mischievous smile and was a cheeky chap.'

A neighbour said that Logan (pictured) was 'the kindest boy you could meet' and 'always looked so happy' 

Logan's mother Angharad Williamson and stepfather Jay Cole, who live in the village of Sarn near Bridgend

A police diver surfaces in the bank of the River Ogmore in Sarn yesterday as the investigation continues

Family friends paid tribute online to the 'kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever' boy. Those wanting to pay their respects were encouraged to place teddy bears at a lamppost and footbridge near where his body was found.

Neighbours speculated yesterday that police had removed a video doorbell as part of the search for evidence. A photo of the family home showed a strip on the doorframe where a doorbell may have been fixed.

But friends said the family did not have a video doorbell. The devices alert homeowners that somebody is at their front door by sending a notification to their phone along with a video.

Logan was in a nursery class at Brynmenyn Primary School in Bridgend where he was loved by pupils and staff. 

Officers were said to have removed video footage from a doorbell camera on the exterior of the home, seen yesterday

A five-year-old girl - who is said to have been Logan's best friend - looks at the tributes with her mother in South Wales

Mother Lois Shepherd, 25, left a cuddly toy baby shark chosen by daughter Maisie-Rae, four. She said: 'I'm just shocked and gobsmacked - the is such a small community everyone is feeling the pain of what happened.'

Messages left at the river bank include: 'Fly high Logan, sending love and kisses,' 'RIP angel' and 'Thinking of you.'

A mother of two who drove two miles to the scene said through tears: 'I didn't know the little boy and his family but I felt I had to come. It's so sad, I can't comprehend what the family is going through.'

Chief Inspector Geraint White, of South Wales Police, said: 'This is a tragic incident. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information, to get in touch.

Tributes left in Pandy Park in Bridgend, South Wales, yesterday near to where the five-year-old boy was found dead

A woman leaves a Bart Simpson doll yesterday at Pandy Park in Bridgend, South Wales, following the discovery

Tributes left in Pandy Park in Bridgend, South Wales, which were placed there yesterday in memory of Logan

'We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation. If you have any information that can help, please report this to us. Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can.'

Chief Inspector White said 'regular contact' has been made with Logan's family, who are being supported by specialist officers.

He added: 'We are keeping an open mind and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family.

'This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death.'

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