CROWDS have gathered to remember a two-year-old boy who died in a North East bungalow last week.

Around 100 people including family members and friends gathered this evening (Thursday) with flowers, balloons, candles and cuddly toys to remember two-year-old Daniel James Hodgson.

The Northern Echo:

A minute silence has been held and young children have lit sparklers and are waving them to mark the two-year-old's short life.

One woman said: "This is not about one thing or one person, this is about rallying round as a community and showing our love for Daniel."

Another of the well-wishers added: "Everyone is heartbroken about what has happened but we are here to show our support."

The Northern Echo:

Emergency services were called to a house in Guisborough last week where the youngster needed medical treatment. A woman has since appeared in court charged with his murder.

Carol Hodgson, 39, wearing a grey top, spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth when she appeared via videolink at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

The Northern Echo:

Cleveland Police attended a report of a concern for safety in Guisborough at 10.07am last Wednesday.

The toddler, who was named by the force over the weekend, was taken to hospital by ambulance but died.

Officers arrested and charged Hodgson, of Upper Garth Gardens, over the weekend and she made her first appearance in court on Monday.

The Northern Echo:

Judge Paul Watson QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, remanded Hodgson into custody until her trial on June 13 when she will appear before a High Court judge.

A pre-trial preparation hearing will take place before that date to ensure the case is ready to progress.

On Friday, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Hollingsworth said: “Officers are supporting the boy’s family and they ask for privacy as they grieve.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of all those working on this murder investigation, remain with the family.”