Funeral for child killed in chest of drawers accident

Cloughmills, Co Antrim
Cloughmills, Co Antrim

A two-year-old boy who died following an accident with furniture in his home has been laid to rest.

Archie Tafts died after being crushed by a chest of drawers in Cloughmills – between Ballymena and Ballymoney – on Tuesday.

His funeral was held on Friday at 1pm in Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church, not far from Cloughmills.

The hymns sung at the service were ‘This Little Light of Mine’, and ‘Jesus Loves Me, This I know’.

A note on the order of service from his family stated that they thanked all those in attendence for their sympathies.

His parents are Philip and Nicola. Archie also had a brother, Jack.

He had been described as “full of beans” and as “quite a lively youngster” by Heather Loughridge, who works at a mothers and toddlers group which the boy attended.

Councillor John Finlay (DUP) said that it had been a “very moving” and “very sad” event, and estimated that about 400 mourners had been at the church.

The child’s parents’ “hearts are broken,” he said.

After the service, Archie was buried at the graveyard next to the church.