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Dog that killed baby was an illegal breed

The dog that killed a baby girl in Daventry was a prohibited breed, police have revealed Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The dog that killed a baby girl in Daventry was a prohibited breed, police have revealed.

The six-month old baby died at her mother’s home in Morning Star Road on the Timken estate on October 3.

At the time of the attack, she was being cared for by her maternal grandmother who suffered bite injuries attempting to protect the baby.

The dog was killed by vets at the scene, but a post-mortem was carried out at the Royal Veterinary College to determine the breed of the dog.

Police have revealed the dog was an American pit bull - a prohibited breed under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.

"This continues to be a complex and highly unusual investigation which has required significant resource within Force and drawn on national expertise in the area of dangerous dogs.

"But at the heart of it is a baby girl whose life has tragically been taken away in the most horrific of circumstances.

"In addition to our ongoing investigation, we have been concentrating our efforts on providing support for a grieving family who have been left devastated by this.

"Daventry itself is a very small and peaceful town and the community has undoubtedly been deeply affected by what happened last Friday. Incidents such as these are, thankfully, extremely rare in this country."

– A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police
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Sarah Beecroft reports.