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Boy 'Found With Mother's Body'
A toddler spent two days alone with his mother's body after she died at home, it has been reported.
Lydia Macdonald, 28, was found dead at the property in Lickley Court, Perth, on Wednesday evening. Her death is being treated as unexplained.
Her father Ronald told the Daily Record her three-year-old son Mason, who is now an orphan, was found alone with his mother's body.
He told the newspaper: "We are Mason's next of kin and have been in the hospital with him from the start. He was very sad to begin with but has brightened up considerably. He has been told about his mum but we're not sure how much he understands. We'll be looking after him.''
He described his daughter as a "very funny and caring person'' and said she "absolutely adored Mason to bits and was a wonderful mum to him.''
A post-mortem examination has yet to take place.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police attended at Lickley Court, Perth, on Wednesday June 10 at 8.10pm following the sudden death of a 28-year-old woman.
"The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are continuing.''
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