Tributes flow for Irongate toddler’s family

HE WAS a smiling young boy with an inquisitive face and doting parents.

A young boy who was no stranger to farming life, little Matthew Vietheer's face peers out from under a floppy hat, his hand slightly raised as if waving at the photographer.

He's beside his big brother on a red quad bike beside a shed on a rural property.

The two-year-old's death has shocked the community with tributes flowing on social media from family, friends and strangers alike struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

"Our beautiful little great nephew," Elaine Vietheer wrote.

"May he be left in peace.

"Please say a special prayer for the family."

Matthew's family has closed ranks as they come to grips with their sudden and heartbreaking loss.

They issued a statement via police yesterday calling for privacy as they mourn the incident which remains under investigation.

"The QPS has advised Workplace Health and Safety and will prepare a report for the coroner," the statement read.

Matthew was airlifted to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Tuesday night after he was crushed under a brick wall which collapsed on the family's hobby farm at Irongate, south-west of Toowoomba.

Despite urgent surgeries, he died of his injuries on Wednesday morning.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident which occurred on the family's private property, Pleasant View.

The incident is being treated as an accident by WHSQ officers will investigate to determine what caused the wall of a pig sow stall to collapse onto the toddler.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Groundswell of support

Leigh-Anne Norris: So sad. My thoughts are with the family. RIP little angel.

Tammy Doudle: So sad. Prayers for the family. This is truly heart wrenching.

Peta-Marie Toms: RIP little man, my thoughts are with the Vietheer family at this very sad time.

Jacqui Connelly: RIP beautiful boy. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Pamela Coombs: Condolences to the family of this adorable little man. RIP.

Jessica Watts: This just breaks my heart. I feel for the family right now. Just way too sad.


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