A LITTLE girl has written a poem in memory of her father who died in hospital after being found seriously injured in a house one week ago.

John Lewis, 32, died in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, on Tuesday, May 14, after emergency services were called to an address at around 7.30pm in Crescent Road, Middlesbrough.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder and court proceedings are ongoing.

John’s partner, Keighley Waghorn, has paid tribute to the family man, described as “our soulmate”. John’s 12-year-old daughter Leah-Mae has also made her own heartfelt tribute to her father:

A Daddy’s tribute from Leah-Mae:

You held my hand when I was small

You caught me when I fell

You’re the hero of my childhood

And my later years as well

And every time I think of you

My heart still fills with pride

Though I’ll always miss you daddy

I know you’re by my side

In laughter and in sorrow

In sunshine and through rain

I know you’re watching over me daddy

Until we meet again

John's partner Keighley and family added: “Words can’t describe what you meant to us all.

“You weren’t just a son, boyfriend, dad, brother or uncle, you were our soul mate, and we will never forget you.

“You will always have a place in our hearts, always and forever, your broken-hearted parents Kevin and Donna, your partner Keighley, daughter Leah-Mae, brothers Kevin and Callum, sister–in-law Jodie and nephew Kenyon Joe.

“RIP John, sleep tight, all our love always.”

Finally, John’s friend Stephen gave these words: “I love you as a brother and will miss you for the rest of my life. I promise I will always miss you bro. Lots of hugs and kisses from Ste, Claire, Jamie, Callum, Keaton, Tommy and Lexi.”

Cleveland Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as the death followed police contact.