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Inquest opened into death of baby girl who was attacked by banned dog

The estate where the dog attack happened on 3rd October, 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

– Ann Pember, Cornoner

The Inquest was opened and adjourned until 11th February

Dog attack family pay tribute to 'little Princess'

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.”

– Family whose baby was killed by dog


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.

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.

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