Minnie Rae Dunn: Woman held over eight-year-old girl's balcony fall death in Portsmouth released without charge

A woman arrested on suspicion of neglect after an eight-year-old girl fell from the balcony of a block of flats will face no further action.

A 43-year-old woman had been held following the death of Minnie Rae Dunn after the incident in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in August last year.

But Hampshire Police confirmed she had been released without charge.

A spokesperson said: "We have been continuing to conduct a thorough investigation following the death of eight-year-old Minnie Rae Dunn in Portsmouth in August 2023.

"We were called at 6.50pm on Thursday, 24 August to reports that Minnie had fallen from a balcony on Wingfield Street, Portsmouth.

"We attended along with our colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service who treated Minnie, who subsequently died.

"At the current time, we do not believe that there was third-party involvement in Minnie's death and a file will now be prepared for the coroner.

"Following our enquiries, a 43-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of neglect of a child, has been released without charge and will face no further action."

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Paying tribute to her daughter, Minnie's mother Rebecca previously said in a statement: "My angel, I am going to miss your sassiness and the way you spoke your mind. Your big bright smile that always melted my heart will be missed so much.

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