Baby who died in Scottish church car park is named as parents pay tribute to ‘beautiful girl’

The baby who died after being hit by a Land Rover in the car park of an Aberdeenshire church has been named.

Following the tragic incident at 7.45pm last night, Wednesday 16th May, at the Plymouth Brethren Church in Balmedie, the young child was identified as Ivy Mae Ross by her distraught parents. The family are believed to be members of the church.

The one-year-old girl from Whitecairns was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but died shortly afterwards. The 40-year-old driver was uninjured.

Pictures show police setting up a large cordon around the crime scene after the incident last night.

A spokesman for Plymouth Brethren Christian Church released a statement on behalf of the child’s parents, Holly and Glenn.

It said: “We can confirm that our beautiful daughter Ivy Mae passed away following a tragic accident last evening following our regular church meeting in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.”

“We are absolutely devastated and ask that our privacy is respected during this challenging time. We appreciate all the prayers and messages of compassion and support we have received from the local community. The tireless work and support of the emergency services is greatly appreciated.”

The Plymouth Brethren are an evangelical Christian church that teaches a very strict interpretation of the Bible. The church has around 50,000 members in Europe, the USA and Australia.

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