A two-year-old girl has been found dead after being reported missing in east London.
The toddler was reported missing from a home in Dagenham at 4pm on Saturday.
The police attended the address and launched a frantic search for the girl.
A Met Police spokesman said: “The girl was found unresponsive in the garden. Despite the efforts of paramedics, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The death is being treated as unexplained.”
A shopkeeper told The Standard: “Police came in and asked if we had seen a two-year-old girl. Then left. We found out later that she was found dead, it’s so horrible. I can not believe it.
“The house is only 200 meters away from us, but we haven’t heard anything.”
Police say her next of kin are aware and an autopsy will take place this week.
The Met’s East Area commando unit is conducting an investigation. There were no arrests.