The young boy found stabbed to death in Faringdon has been named as five-year-old Tyler Warmington.
Following the death of the boy at Bromsgrove Cottages on Tuesday, a post-mortem examination carried out on Wednesday has revealed the cause of death to be stab wounds to the chest.
A 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until April 12.
Senior Investigating Officer, Det Ch Insp, Ailsa Kent of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.
“At this time no formal identification has taken place, so I am not able to name the child.
“You will appreciate that this is a difficult time for his family and we continue to work with them and offer support as the investigation continues.”
The force was called to Bromsgrove Cottages at 1.20pm on Tuesday to find the child dead on arrival.
Senior investigating officer, Det Insp Dave Hubbard of the Major Crime Unit, confirmed a murder investigation was launched and the family were informed.
LPA Commander for South and Vale of White Horse, Supt Rory Freeman, said: “This is a very shocking discovery and I am aware it may have a very direct impact on the community of Faringdon.
“In light of this incident there will be an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance and we would advise any members of the community affected by this incident to speak to one of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
Dozens of tributes flooded in from residents of the town on the ‘I live in the town of Faringdon’ Facebook page.
Karen Draper wrote: “News like this is just devastating to a community and will have a resounding effect for a long time to come.
“However, we should all be very proud of our community spirit.
“All of the well wishers, people paying their respects and people taking food and drinks to the emergency services.
“We have many reasons to take great pride in our little town.
“I truly believe it is how you come through such tragic circumstances that is what counts.
“R.I.P little man.”
Kathryn Culverwell added: “Saddened by the news that broke last night…rest in peace little one… thoughts are with the family, friends and all services involved.”
Veronika Kovacs wrote: “I can’t sleep and just don’t know what to tell my children.
“I can not even imagine how those who are closely affected, family, friends can cope with this.
“My deepest sympathies, RIP little angel.”