The family of a six month old girl killed by one of their dogs, 'paid the ultimate price' for having a banned breed.
Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by American Pit bull on 3rd October at her mother's home in Daventry.
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An Inquest into the death of a 6-month old baby who died after she was attacked by her family's dog, has been opened and adjourned today.
ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper sent this report from the Inquest at Northampton General Hospital.
An Inquest into the death of a six month old baby from Daventry in Northamptonshire who was killed by a family dog has been opened and adjourned.
The baby girl who died after she was attacked on Friday 3rd October, was named during the Inquest as Molly-Mae Wotherspoon.
The Coroner said the provisional cause of death was loss of blood due to a head wound sustained by a dog attack.
The dog which was destroyed at the time of the attack was later identified as an American Pit Bull, which is banned under the Dangerous Dog Act
"The public should be aware that this breed is classified as a dangerous dog under the Dangerous Dog Act for a reason and the the family paid the ultimate price for ownership of such a dog.
The Inquest was opened and adjourned until 11th February
The family of the six-month-old baby girl killed by an American pit bull dog have issued the following statement
“We wish to say at this point that we are totally devastated and in complete shock for the tragic loss of our little princess and ask that we are left alone to grieve at this horrific time and a full statement will be given in due course.”
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Police in Daventry say the dog that attacked and killed a six-month-old baby was a banned breed - an American pit bull.
It has emerged Daventry District Council put up monitoring equipment earlier this year to record the barking made by a dog which later killed a six month old girl.
The equipment was put up after a neighbour complained in May about the noise the dog was making on Morning Star Road.
One resident told ITV News that the family owned two dogs and the sound of them fighting was loud and frightening. DNA tests are being carried out to discover the dog's breed.
Northamptonshire Police say they are still not in a position to name the six-month-old baby girl who died after being attacked by a dog at an address in Morning Star Road, Daventry, on Friday night.
The force’s family liaison officers say they are working closely with the family who are absolutely devastated by what has happened to their baby daughter.
Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon is leading the investigation into this incident.
He said: “My officers are working hard to piece together the events that led to the tragic death of a six-month old child.
“We are supporting the family through what is an incredibly harrowing time.
“They have made it very clear to us they do not want to disclose their child’s name to the press or release any pictures at the moment and we must respect their wishes.
“In addition, they have said they will not issue any statement until they have come to terms with their grief.
“I am appealing to members of the media to respect the family’s wishes and leave them to grieve at this devastating time.”
Daventry District Council have confirmed that they did receive a complaint about the dog which attacked a 6 month old baby girl in Daventry this weekend. The little girl later died of her injuries.
A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told ITV News yesterday that the little girl's family owned two dogs and the noise of them fighting within the house was loud and frightening.
Ian Vincent, Chief Executive of Daventry District Council, said:
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family following this tragic incident, which has shocked and saddened our local community.
“We are working with Northamptonshire Police to assist their investigation into the circumstances leading up to this tragedy.
“We received one noise complaint in May from a neighbour relating to two dogs barking at the property. As with all such complaints, we spoke to the owners of the dogs who acted to control the noise to a reasonable level. We have not received any other complaints relating to these dogs.
“We always encourage anyone with concerns about the safety of any dog to report them to us or the police.”