THE heartbroken family of two-year-old Grace Thorpe have paid tribute to their 'sassy' little girl.

The toddler died in hospital last week following an alleged incident in her home.

Grace’s mother, Alice Quine, said: “Our beautiful little girl has been gone over a week now and it feels like time has just stood still. Her beautiful, bright blue eyes and smile will never leave our minds.

“She made such an impact on everybody. Grace was the most amazing, kind, funny and sassy daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter.

“You will never leave our hearts princess and we will speak about you every day. Your memory will always be kept alive.

“Thank you to everyone for their support and help during this extremely difficult time. We appreciate it all, please continue to respect our families’ privacy so we can grieve in peace.

“Sleep tight sweetheart.”

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Dozens of candles burned brightly as people carried out a vigil in memory of a toddler after a murder investigation was launched after she suffered fatal injuries.

The small seaside town was in mourning after the devastating news of the two-year-old's death spread around the close-knit community.

  • A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a two-year-old toddler. Adam Jackson, of Dale Street, New Marske, made a short appearance at Teesside Magistrates' Court last week.

    No plea was entered as the case was transferred to Teesside Crown Court.