The force added that the child has been formally identified by his family, who are currently supported by family liaison officials.
This follows nationwide speculation about the incident, which took place on SheffieldThe OYO Metropolitan hotel on Blonk Street around 2.30pm on Wednesday.
South Yorkshire Police quickly appealed for information after it was reported that the child had fallen from the ninth floor of the hotel.
Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said: “It has been a horrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family who went through so much trauma and suffering to reach the UK.”
He also called on the Home Office to “conduct an urgent investigation into what happened to take steps to quickly learn the lessons”.
“We don’t know the details of the incident but it is necessary that the families come from Afghanistan are given all the support they need and placed in appropriate accommodation. They are weak and often very traumatized, ”Mr. Solomon added.
Earlier, a member of the city’s Afghan Community Association, who gave his name as Zabi, told the PA news agency that the situation was “very sad” and community members were working to help the family.
The hotel was reportedly used to accommodate Afghans fleeing to help British authorities in their home country.
“They came here to save their lives and now it’s happening. It’s very sad,” said a fellow refugee who stayed at the hotel. YorkshireLive, added that the child arrived in the city four days ago.
Police have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with information on the incident to contact them on 101, using incident number 489 of 18 August, or report through the force’s online portal.
Sheffield City Council confirmed this week that it supports the Home Office’s Relocation Scheme to help people who support UK troops in Afghanistan and are now endangering their lives because of Talibanthe conquest of the country.
Alison Teal, a Green Party council executive member, was recently quoted as saying that Sheffield is a “sanctuary city” for refugees from Afghanistan. “There is an ongoing police investigation and we have been advised we cannot make any comments,” Ms Teal said on Thursday, before adding that it was a “really sad story”.
On Wednesday, Boris Johnson announced that the UK will relocate up to 5,000 people from Afghanistan this year, with a total of up to 20,000 people welcomed into the country in the “long term”.
He came as a former Tory immigration minister Caroline Nokes warns that the UK has a “duty” to help people trapped in Afghanistan because of the British government’s role in the 2001 invasion of the country.
“For 20 years, we have sought to help the people of Afghanistan, to free them from a terrible oppressive regime,” Ms Nokes told BBC Radio 4.
“We worked with them, we encouraged them to take elections, to perform social roles that they had never done before.”
Meanwhile, former Tory defense minister Tobias Ellwood said the news website PoliticsHome that the number of people allowed to reside in the UK should be “at least tens of thousands”.
“All countries involved have a duty and obligation to provide safe haven, provided where we leave the country,” Mr. Ellwood said.
Additional PA reporting