Natalie Kane and her one-year-old son Harry were found dead in her home in Whitehaven, Cumbria, after neighbours heard running water as though from an overflowing bath or sink
Heartfelt tributes were paid today after a “wonderful, loving” mum and her baby died in a tragic accident at their flat.
Natalie Kane, 27, and her son Harry Kane, aged around a year, were found together by police. Officers ran into their second storey home after a friend expressed concern.
Neighbours in the Wellington Row flats, Whitehaven, Cumbria, heard running water as though from an overflowing bath or sink in the afternoon just before Natalie and Harry were found.
Officers quickly ruled out foul play and said there were no suspicious circumstances. A neighbour said: “She was a lovely lass and absolutely doted on that little boy, he was beautiful and this is such a tragedy.
“The police haven’t told us what happened, just that Natalie and Harry were found dead in her flat.
“There was nothing alarming beforehand, the only unusual thing was that there seemed to be water constantly running down the waste pipe.
“It sounded as though a bath or sink had perhaps been overflowing. The police were asking neighbours if they had seen Natalie. Next thing I knew there were police officers and paramedics running into the flat.
“When they told us they’d both died it was heartbreaking.”
A friend of Natalie’s, who lives nearby, described her as a “wonderful and loving mother who lived for her little boy.”
A balloon release has been planned in Natalie’s home town of Maryport, Cumbria, to commemorate her and Harry.
It was organised by two of her closest friends Ashton Graham and Stacey Hackett.
Paying tribute, Ashton said: “I just want to say what a brilliant mother she was and how proud we all are of her.
“She’s touched a lot of hearts and she’ll never know how truly loved and special she and baby Harry are.
“When people say your best friend can be your soulmate, I truly truly believe that’s what you are.
“A part of me has died with you, my life will never ever be the same without you, nothing will be the same again.
“Harry was such a happy baby. You were such a brilliant little mam, protected him from any harm, made sure he had everything he needed. You gave him the best life, he was the making of you.”
Ashton invited friends and family to pay tribute in a social media post.
It read: “Friday, 7th Jan at 7pm your all welcome to come down to Maryport prom by the metal slide to let balloons off in memory of Natalie Kane and baby Harry Kane, if everyone could bring either Hey Duggee/Blue balloons for Harry and Pink/Purple balloons for Natalie and a Budweiser (it was her fav drink).
“You can also bring lanterns as well for them to light up the sky. I hope a lot of you can make it and it’s a brilliant turn out for the both of them, they both deserve it.”
The pals also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a charity close to the heart of Natalie and her brother, Shane Evitts, 31. So far the page has raised over £3,500 towards a £6,000 target.
They wrote: “After the tragic news and sudden loss it’s only in our best wishes to give Natalie and Harry the best send off possible.
“We would like to give Natalie’s family a big help by contributing to this as this is what they deserve. We’re not asking for the full amount but every little helps and if we were to receive more than expected Natalie’s brother Shane’s chosen charity is Women Out West.
“This Charity helped Natalie out so much and Shane is so pleased that they were there for Natalie that this is the best way to say Thank you.”
On its website Women Out West says it was “set up to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable women in West Cumbria and support victims of domestic abuse.”
The alarm was raised at 2.52pm on December 30th and emergency services were swiftly at the scene in numbers.
A spokesperson for Cumbria Police said: “There are no suspicious circumstances at this time and the coroner has been contacted.”