Crushed father of a boy of 5, found dead, pays tribute to ‘best friend who loved to ride on father’s shoulders’

Father of a five-year-old boy who was found dead in his home in Oldham New Year’s Eve has paid tribute to his ‘happy, funny and naughty little boy’.

Emergency services were called for reports of an incident at a property on Elm Road in Limeside around 6.20pm last Friday (December 31).

Dylan Scanlon, 5, was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have launched an investigation into his cause of death and a woman in her 30s has been remanded in custody under the Mental Health Act.

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One week after Dylan’s tragic death, his father has released a new tribute through Greater Manchester Police.

Dylan’s father said, “Dylan was my best friend.



Dylan Scanlon

“He was a happy, funny and naughty little boy who was full of enthusiasm – especially about making new things.

“Dylan loved going to school, playing with his friends and dogs and driving with me to parks and lakes.

“He loved being by the lake, but not walking around it – he was there for the ice, a ride on Dad’s shoulders and a McDonald’s on his way home.

“His favorite times of the year were Christmas and his birthday – he knew he wanted to be pampered.



Five-year-old Dylan Scanlon died in Oldham on New Year's Eve
Five-year-old Dylan Scanlon died in Oldham on New Year’s Eve

“I’ve been looking through memories on my phone – videos of him crawling and learning to walk.

“I will always remember his face when I came home from work – he was always happy to see me and I loved spending every time with him I could.

“Dylan will sadly be missed by all family and friends, especially his brother, whom he loved and absolutely adored. I loved watching them play with each other, take care of each other and just do what brothers do.

“On behalf of my family, I ask people to respect our privacy.”

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

Police said they continue to appeal for information about Dylan’s death.

Anyone with information can contact the police on 0161 856 1995 stating 2284 31/12/21.

Alternatively, information can be passed on to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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