Modbury death family mourn loss of their 'little sunshine'
The family of a two-year-old boy found dead at his home said the "light has gone from our lives".
The body of Shaun Ryleigh O'Neill, described as the family's "sunshine", was discovered in a house in Modbury, Devon, by a member of the public on Saturday.
Angela Vane, 40, was due to appear at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday charged with murdering the toddler, who is understood to be her son.
In a tribute to the little boy, who is also known as Shaun Ryleigh Vane, his brother and sister said: "Shaun Ryleigh Vane will forever be deeply in our hearts and souls.
"Such a fantastic little brother, so bright. He is our little sunshine.
"Rest in peace, little brother. We love you. Your loving siblings, Lee and Lucy Vane."
Shaun's father, Ryan O'Neill, said: "We are deeply saddened and shocked by the recent tragic events and grieving the loss of a lovely little boy. A light has gone from our lives.
"Shaun was much loved by all his family.
"A happy little boy will be forever in our hearts and thoughts."
Vane, of Champernowne in Modbury, Plymouth, wept throughout a two-minute hearing at Torquay Magistrates' Court on Monday.
She was remanded in custody and is expected to enter a plea in April, the court heard.