A TODDLER found wandering the streets alone led an off-duty community policeman to her dead mother’s body.
The little girl told the officer: “I am going to nursery, I can’t wake mummy up.”
She took the PCSO, who was with his wife at the time, to her home, where they discovered the body of 30-year-old Nicolla Rushton.
He called emergency services to the house in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and stayed with the child till help arrived.
Ms Rushton was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not being treated as suspicious.
The girl is now being cared for by her family. Nicolla’s devastated mother Stacey Inchley was too upset to speak from her home in Stretton, Staffs, last night.
Nicolla’s brother Anthony Rushton, 28, said: “The family just needs time to grieve.
“My mum is absolutely heartbroken and it’s too much to talk about at the moment.”
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a brilliant piece of work by the officer that shows that we are never off duty.
“The officer and his wife took the time to look after the little girl and stay with her until emergency services arrived.
“Sadly, nothing could be done to help the woman. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.”
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said Ms Rushton seemed “very happy”, adding: “It is really upsetting.
“I am gobsmacked. She just kept herself to herself. I didn’t know her that well but from what I saw she seemed very happy and loved her little girl.”
East Staffordshire councillor Bill Ganley said: “What has happened is terribly upsetting. It is absolutely tragic.”
A report is now being prepared for a coroner and possible inquest.