The tot, named locally as Shea Joyce, plunged to his death at home in Catleboro, in the Republic of ireland.
The 14-month-old was found at the bottom of the stairs yesterday afternoon.
He was found with serious injuries but died a short while later despite attempts to save him by a local doctor.
The child is understood to be the youngest member of a family of four who are well known in the area.
Councillor John Fleming told the Irish Mirror local people are rallying around his heartbroken parents, who have three older kids.
He added: “There is a dark cloud over the whole area.
“They live in a cul-de-sac there and there’s a lot of good neighbours, good friends and relations on the road and they’ll rally around them at this time.
“It’s a hugely tragic accident and the whole area is in absolute shock.”
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