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Dog that mauled 12-day-old baby to death at family home ‘strong enough to drag 3 cops into road’, horrified witness says


A DOG that mauled a newborn baby boy to death was strong enough to drag three police officers into the road, a horrified witness said.

A heartbroken local saw cops struggle to pull the dog away from the scene after it savaged the 12-day-old infant at his family home.

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The newborn was rushed to hospital in a serious condition, but sadly died of his injuries.

A man, 35, and a woman, 27, were arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter following the tragedy in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Police were called to the infant’s home after he was attacked by his family’s dog on Sunday afternoon.  

Local Sally Hooley said: “I drove by as the police were removing the dog.

“It was a big fluffy golden thing. It didn’t look like a dangerous breed.

“But police were struggling  to get it into the dog van.

“It was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road.” 

It is the second tragedy to hit the family in just 18 months, neighbours said.

It is believed the father of the mum’s three children died last year from sepsis.

One burst into tears as she said: “She was a brilliant mum but her whole life fell apart when he died.

“She lost everything.”

Another neighbour said: “It is heartbreaking, it’s a tragedy upon a tragedy.”

Devastated Debbie Kitchen, who knows the family, said: “This was a tragic accident.

“RIP little man fly high with the angels.”

It is not known if the dog – believed to be a crossbreed – has been destroyed.  

Friend Louise Scott wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely devastating news. 

“Two parents have just lost a child and three other children a brother in such terrible circumstances.

“Sleep tight little man.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.”


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