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Council received noise complaint about dog that killed a baby girl

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.

Police still not in a position to name six-month-old baby killed in dog attack

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.”

– Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, Northamptonshire Police

Daventry District Council confirm complaint received about dog in May

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.”

– Daventry District Council

Community in shock after dog mauls baby to death

The local community in Daventry have expressed their shock and sympathy at the death of a 6 month old baby girl who was killed in a dog attack this weekend.

A couple of residents, who wished to remain anonymous, also told ITV News neighbours had raised concerns about the family's two dogs. Elodie Harper reports.

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Tests carried out on dog which killed baby girl

The estate where the attack too place Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tests are being carried out to determine whether a dog which killed a baby girl in Northamptonshire was a banned breed or not.

The 6 month old girl was attacked by the family dog in Morning Star Road in Daventry on Friday night while being cared for by her grandmother.

The estate in Daventry where the tragedy took place Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police say the dog will be subject to a forensic post mortem at the Royal Veterinary College.

It will also be examined by dog legislation officers, including officers from Northamptonshire Police and a national dog legislation officer in order to identify the breed.

DNA will also be taken from the animal.

Residents had "concerns" over dog

The street where the attack took place Credit: ITV News Anglia

Residents in a neighbourhood in Northamptonshire where a 6-month-old baby girl was killed by a dog, say they had expressed some concerns over the safety of the dog.

The baby was attacked by a dog at a house in Daventry around 10.30pm on Friday night. She was taken to Northamptonshire General Hospital but died.

A relative suffered bite wounds trying to rescue the little girl. The animal was put down at the scene.

Police are now carrying out tests to determine exactly what type of dog it was but some residents, who wished to stay anonymous, have told ITV Anglia they had expressed concerns over the safety of the dog.

However other neighbours said they were shocked and saddened by the turn of events.

Baby girl dies after she is attacked by a dog in Daventry

A six-month-old baby girl has died after being attacked by a dog in a home in Northamptonshire.

Police were called to an address in Daventry, at about 10.30pm on Friday following reports that a baby, who was in the care of a relative, was being attacked by a dog.

Officers and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the incident and attempted to resuscitate the baby who was taken to Northampton General Hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

Six-month-old baby girl dies in dog attack

The baby girl was taken to Northampton General hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A six-month-old baby girl has tragically died after being attacked by a dog in a home in Northamptonshire.

Police were called to an address in Daventry, at about 10.30pm on Friday following reports that a baby, who was in the care of a relative, was being attacked by a dog.

Officers and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the incident and attempted to resuscitate the baby who was taken to Northampton General Hospital where she was confirmed dead.

The relative in the home sustained bite wounds during her attempt to intervene and save the baby.

The dog was destroyed at the scene.

Northamptonshire Police at this stage cannot confirm the breed of dog and tests will be carried out by experts to determine that early next week.

This was a deeply distressing and tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family who have been left devastated by the events of last night. Incidents such as these are extremely rare in this country, but that will be of little comfort to the relatives of this tragically young victim. The family have requested that they be left to grieve at this difficult time.”

– Det Sgt Gary Baker
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