FAMILY tributes have been paid to a 'fun loving' three-year-old at the centre of a murder probe.

Bethan Colebourn, from Fordingbridge, will be in 'our hears and minds forever', her family said today.

She died in hospital on October 19 shortly after emergency services attended an address in Whitsbury Road after receiving a concern for welfare call.

A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and was taken into police custody.

The woman then suffered a “medical episode” and later released under investigation.

In a statement issued today, Bethan's family said: "Family and friends are devastated at our tragic loss.

“Bethan brought so much happiness and joy to so many people’s lives.

“Bethan was a fun loving, adventurous and caring young girl who will be dearly missed.

“She will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

Bethan's parents were named locally as Claire and Michael Colebourn.

Mr Colebourn is the chief executive officer of Southampton-based marine interiors firm Trimline.