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Mum pleads guilty to owning dangerous dog

Claire Riley hid her face as she arrived at Northampton Crown Court with two men Credit: ITV Anglia

A mum whose six-month-old daughter was mauled to death has pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control.

Claire Riley 23, of Merrydale Square, Northampton admitted the charge at Northampton Crown Court.

Her daughter Molly-Mae died on 3 October 2014 following the attack at her mother's former home in Morning Star Road, Daventry.

She suffered severe blood loss from head wounds.

The dog, a pit bull called Bruiser, was put down at the scene.

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M1 Southbound closed after 'serious crash'

The M1 Southbound is expected to be closed for most of rush hour. Credit: ITV News Central

The M1 Southbound is closed at J15A A43 / A5123 (Towcester / Northampton Services) and there is congestion back to J16 A45 / A4500 (Daventry) after a "serious crash".

Traffic is being diverted on the A43 on the back of the Rothersthorpe services. The road is likely to be shut for most of the rush hour.

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Mother and Grandmother to face trial over fatal dog attack

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The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog will stand trial in June.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after an American pit bull attacked her at an address in Morning Star Road in Daventry on October 3 last year.

The estate where the dog attack happened last October Credit: ITV News Anglia

The victim’s mother, 23-year-old Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott who's 55, both from Northampton, are charged with being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury to Molly Mae, resulting in her death.

Riley was due to appear at Northampton Crown Court this morning for a plea and case management hearing. The court heard she's suffering from "anxiety disorder".

Susan Aucott appeared in court in December and entered a plea of not guilty to the same charge.

They'll both appear at Northampton Crown Court on June 7.

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Mother to appear in court after baby mauled to death

A stock photo of a pitbull dog Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The mother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog is due to appear in court today.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after a pitbull attacked her in Morning Star Road, Daventry on October 3, 2014.

Her mother, 23-year-old Claire Riley, is charged with being a person in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury to Molly Mae, resulting in her death.

Riley, of Northampton, is set to appear at Northampton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.

Molly Mae's grandmother, 55-year-old Susan Aucott, appeared in court in December and entered a plea of not guilty to the same charge.

A trial has been fixed for Stafford Crown Court, starting on June 7.

Woman left needing surgery after dog bite

Incident took place along Farnborough Drive in Daventry

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was left needing surgery after being bitten by a rottweiler dog in Daventry last December.

The incident happened along Farnborough Drive in Daventry between 5pm and 5.30pm on Thursday 3rd December.

Police dog handler Joe Flood stands alongside German Shepherd police dog and Rottweiler Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Archive/PA Images

The woman was walking past a playground when she was approached by a woman walking her dog, which bit her forearm and pulled her to the floor.

As a result of the bite, the 60-year-old was left with three fractures and was taken to Northampton General Hospital for surgery.

The dog was with a white woman aged around 40 with shoulder-length blonde hair.

Anyone with any information should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Teenager attacked on New Years Day in Daventry

A man was attacked by two strangers as he walked along a Daventry street on New Years Day.

The 19-year-old was walking along Welton Road, near Ashby Fields, with two friends at about 4.40am on Friday, 1 January when the unprovoked attack took place.

He suffered a broken nose and wrist after two men approached the 19-year-old and began punching and kicking him.

The offenders are both described as white, about 5ft 10in with a slim build.

One of them had short, dark-brown hair, a local accent and wore a light-grey hoodie and dark coloured jeans.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Grandmother appears in court after dog mauls baby to death

Stock photo of a pitbull Credit: PA

The grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog has appeared in court.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died after a pitbull attacked her in Morning Star Road, Daventry, on October 3 last year.

Susan Aucott, 55, of Northampton, denies being a person in charge of a dangerously out of control dog which caused injury to Molly Mae resulting in her death.

She appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday morning and spoke only to confirm her name and enter a not guilty plea.

Aucott has been granted bail until her next court appearance.

Molly Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23, whose address has previously been given as West Cotton Close, Northampton, is charged with the same offence but did not attend court for medical reasons.

She will next appear at Northampton Crown Court to enter a plea on January 18.

A trial has been fixed for Stafford Crown Court starting on June 7.

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