Family of girl who died after falling from balcony pay tribute to ‘beautiful soul’

The family of an eight-year-old girl who died after falling from a block of flats balcony have spoken of the loss of a “beautiful soul”.

Police were called to Wingfield Street, Portsmouth, at 6.50pm. on Aug. 24 after reports that Minnie Rae Dunn fell from a building.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We attended with our colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service who treated the eight-year-old, who subsequently died.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.”

The spokesman added that a 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and released on bail until November 24.

Paying tribute to Minnie, her mother Rebecca said in a statement released through police: “My angel, I will miss your cheerfulness and the way you spoke your mind. Your big bright smile that always melted my heart will be so missed.

“I have a shape of a hole in my heart that will always be there. My little angel fly high, I love you to the moon and back. Mummy.”

Minnie's grandmother Dot and grandfather Ian said: “Minnie had a big heart. Everyone loved her. She had many friends and had recently returned from a two week holiday which she enjoyed and made many friends.

“Minnie loved to sing and dance and go on her trampoline and play with her grandpa who would run behind her and make her laugh. Minnie was a smart logical child. We will miss you so much. Fly high our beautiful princess.”

Her aunt Bianca said: “Minnie was a beautiful soul with a big heart who had so much love for everyone. Every time Minnie greeted you, it would be with the biggest, warmest smile that would brighten your day.

“Minnie adored her family and friends and was loved by all. He would make you smile at the smallest things and had a heart that never stopped loving.”

Her siblings, Porscha, TJ and Alisha, said: “Although our time together was short, we will always cherish the times we had and we will always love you. You have always been and always will be anger.”

Nats aunt said, “Rest in peace princess. Forever in our hearts we love Nat, Alan and the kids.”

Her nan Jane and her brother and sister Leon and Ava said: “Minnie we will always miss you, we will always keep your memory alive. We love you Minnie. You will always be in our hearts and memories and we will see you again one day beautiful girl.”