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‘Happy and beautiful’ girl, 3, found dead at flat as step-dad pays tribute

Kaylee-Jayde Priest, 3, was described as a ‘happy and beautiful’ little girl by her step-dad Dan Gregory (Picture: BPM)

A devastated step-father has paid tribute to his ‘happy and beautiful’ little girl who died unexpectedly.

Kaylee-Jayde Priest, 3, was found dead at a flat in Kingshurst, West Midlands, on August 9.

Step-dad Dan Gregory, 22, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her memorial, and shared a touching picture with Kaylee on his shoulders.

It follows the arrest of a man and woman, both aged 21, on suspicion of child neglect.

They were both released on bail as police continue their investigation.

In a touching tribute, Mr Gregory said: ‘Kaylee was always smiling and was such a beautiful innocent girl who has lost her life at such a young age.

‘I was in her life when she was under the age of one. I helped bring her up when I was with her mum for two years. Kaylee did play a big part in my life.

‘I was devastated when I found out she had died. I still don’t know what happened.’

Floral tributes to Kaylee-Jayde Priest outside the flat in Kingshurst where she was found dead (Picture: BPM Media)

He added: ‘The fund can either go towards the costs of her funeral or be used to create a memorial.

‘It’s nice people have already contributed to the fund even some who didn’t know her who have been affected by her death as she was just three years old.

‘It would be great to get a memorial bench or a personalised headstone with a pink teddy bed.’

An inquest into Kaylee’s death was opened and adjourned at Birmingham Coroner’s Court on August 19.

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