Police have made an urgent appeal to find a man after a mother and her nine-year-old son were found stabbed to death at a home.
Officers from Lincolnshire Police want to hear from people who have seen Daniel Boulton, 29, as they investigate the suspected double murder of the 26-year-old woman and child.
The force urged people not to approach “potentially dangerous” Boulton if they see him and to call 999 immediately.
Police said an officer was injured during an incident in Hubbard’s Hills in Louth on Tuesday morning and that “it is believed that the individual responsible may be Daniel Boulton”.
The bodies of the mother and son were found when paramedics and police were called to a home in Louth just before 8.30pm on Monday. An uninjured child was found at the property.
Police said the mother and child, who knew Boulton, suffered multiple stab wounds and a knife was recovered at the scene.
Neighbours said they heard a baby screaming about 30 minutes before the emergency services arrived.
Officers launched a search for Boulton following the discovery, and on Tuesday morning released a photo of him as part of an appeal for information from the public.
A police cordon remained in place on Tuesday, as forensic officers carried out an investigation into the deaths and mourners left flowers at a memorial outside the home.
Shane Marshall, 18, and his partner Niamh Ismay, 17, who live two doors down from where the incident happened, said they heard a baby screaming at around 8pm on Monday.
Mr Marshall said: “To be honest, we’re as shocked as everybody else really – especially when it’s two doors down from our house. It’s really not a good thing to happen, especially when it’s kids.
“We saw armed police and canine units arrive. We didn’t see any action, we just heard a baby screaming.
“Police said they couldn’t tell us much but they said ‘as you can see, it’s very, very serious’.”
Miss Ismay added: “Because kids are involved it’s not nice at all.
“The police knocked on our door and told us to stay inside while we were cooking dinner.”
Stuart Jenson, who described himself as a priest, said he spent time with the boy’s “distraught” grandfather on Tuesday morning.
Mr Jenson said he last saw the boy about two weeks ago and would see the mother “regularly” in the local area.
He said: “Our local community is a close, loving and caring community, and we have all been under a great deal of stress the last year with the pandemic worries and lockdowns.
“The community will always be affected by such incidences as this. It’s extremely sad.
“The people involved have help and support. It’s a very, very sad day and may God be with, bless and comfort those who suffer this awful and tragic loss.”
Chantelle Fenton, a local resident, handed a bouquet of flowers to a police officer to add to a memorial outside the home.
She said: “I saw the lady a few times when I walked past but I never knew her.
“It’s just sad because it’s happened on your own doorstep.”
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We have launched a murder investigation after a woman and child were found dead at a property in Louth.
“Our officers were called to an address in High Holme Road at 8.29pm on Monday 31 May after being informed by our colleagues in the ambulance service.
“Sadly, a 26-year-old woman and her nine-year-old son, were confirmed to have died. Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds and a knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered at the scene.
“Following this incident, which we are treating as murder, Lincolnshire Police launched an appeal to locate and arrest Daniel Boulton, aged 29, in connection with this incident.
“If you have seen Boulton, please call 999 immediately.
“If you can assist with our investigation call us on 101, incident 445 of May 31.“
Lincolnshire Police’s Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, said: “We are urgently seeking assistance to locate and arrest Daniel Boulton.
“Please, do not approach him as he could be potentially dangerous.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at present.
“Boulton and the victims were known to each other.
“No one else was injured at the property.
“However, another young child was located at the property and was uninjured.
“We understand there is speculation that was child was abducted.
“This was not the case and the child has been safeguarded.”
“You should not approach him but instead call 999 quoting incident 445 of 31st May.”
The appeal was shared on Twitter by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.
It wrote: “We’re urgently looking for Daniel Boulton following the death of a woman and child in Louth, Lincolnshire.