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First picture of two year old who fell into river

First picture of two-year-old who fell into river

Police are still searching the River Soar in Leicester for Xielo Maruziva

A two-year-old boy believed to have fallen into the River Soar has been named as police continue their search.

Xielo Maruziva’s parents described their son as a “cheeky, funny” boy who is “a bundle of joy” in a statement released through Leicestershire Police on Wednesday.

Specialist police divers are continuing their third full day of searches for the youngster in the Aylestone Meadows area of Leicester, despite difficult conditions caused by heavy rainfall.

Releasing a photograph of their “charming and creative” son, Xielo’s mother said: “Xielo is a cheeky, funny, friendly, smart, caring and independent little boy. He never fails to make me laugh or smile, and always loves a cuddle and some kisses.

“Xielo loves playing with his toys and watching cartoons including Bino and Fino.

“Me, his dad and the whole family are so heartbroken at what has happened. We thank everyone who has supported us and helped us during this time. We are extremely grateful for this.

“All we want is for Xielo to be found as soon as possible.”

Xielo’s father said: “Xielo is a bundle of joy to us.

“He is a charming and creative little boy, and has just started at nursery. He loves cuddles, playing with his toys and going to the park.

“As a family we have been completely devastated over the past few days as the search for Xielo continues. It is hard to describe the pain and suffering we are going through.

“We would like to thank the search teams at the scene. We would also like to thank members of the public for all of your support. It is your prayers which are keeping us strong.

“We kindly ask that people wait for updates through the authorities in relation to the search as we continue to be overwhelmed with inquiries and messages at this time.

“Thank you all for your ongoing love and support.”

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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