A two-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a chest of drawers at a house in Northern Ireland.

It is understood the piece of furniture fell on top of the child, who has been named as Archie Tafts.

The incident happened at his family home in the village of Cloughmills, Co Antrim, yesterday.

Archie was taken to hospital for treatment but died later.His parents have appealed for privacy.

A statement by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on behalf of the family said they had "suffered a tremendous loss".

"Archie's parents and extended family would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences at this distressing and difficult time," said the statement.

"However as this is a personal tragedy for them, they will be making no public comment."

The death is being treated as accidental.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "As would be normal procedure with any sudden death, a report will be prepared for the information of the coroner."