Devastated mum collapsed in the street and let out harrowing screams after finding her son and ex-partner dead at home | The Sun

A DEVASTATED mum collapsed in the street and let out harrowing screams after finding her son and ex-partner dead, neighbours have claimed.

Lee Borrett, 41, and little Timmy, five, were found unresponsive at the house in Leicester at around 9pm on Monday.

Timmy's heartbroken family has paid tribute to their "bright and creative boy".

They added: “Timotej was very much loved by his mother and partner, and their families. He was very bright and creative. He always brightened the room everywhere he went.

“He was brave and strong and words cannot describe how much he will be missed. 

“We hope he will now be at peace and he will be forever in our hearts."

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Police have launched a probe and confirmed that at this stage they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Residents say they heard the harrowing screams of Timmy’s mum, Veronica, after she learned of the tragedy.

She had rushed to the house after Borrett had failed to return Timmy to her home as arranged.

Carole Potter, 70, said: “The mum, Veronica, went in and I heard a scream and then she came out and just collapsed in a heap on the floor.

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“Her boyfriend was trying to comfort her. I did not know what had happened. I just hoped against hope that the little boy was safe.”

Ms Potter claims Veronica and Borrett split two years ago – and Timmy had stayed with his dad while she moved in with a new boyfriend.

Ms Potter explained: “I got on very well with Veronica. It was like having another daughter. She is so nice. I spoke to her first when she came home from hospital with the baby.

“When they split up he kept the little boy but she would get to see him regularly.

“She always brought him back on time. Then recently she told me that she had got full custody.”

Police say they are looking into the "circumstances surrounding the deaths and the events leading up to the incident".

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit major crime team, said: “Following the tragic news that a child and a man have died, detectives are working to understand what happened inside the address.

“I understand this incident will raise many questions but our investigation is currently in its very early stages.

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“I can reassure people that there is no risk to the public and at this time we do not believe anyone else was involved in the incident.

“Families of the two deceased are being supported by officers at this very difficult time.”

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