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Coroner says baby girl's death from 'pitbull type' dog mauling is worst case he has seen

A coroner says the death of an 11 month old girl who was mauled to death by a dog was the most horrendous case he has ever had to deal with.

An inquest into the of Ava-Jayne Corless in Blackburn has concluded she was killed by a 'pitbull-type' animal.

The little girl was found dead at a house in the town in February. Her mother had fallen asleep with no idea her boyfriend's dog had gone upstairs to the bedroom.

Rob Smith reports.

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Baby girl died in an attack by a 'pitbull type' dog in Blackburn

-Jayne Corless Credit: Mercury Press & Media

An inquest has concluded that a baby girl died in an attack by a 'pitbull type' dog in Blackburn.

Emergency services were called to reports that 11-month-old Ava-Jayne Corless had been injured by a dog.

A post-mortem examination revealed she suffered 'multiple injuries' .

Mum told baby Ava 'You're my dream girl'

Chloe King, mother of Ava Jayne told police in her statement made in June, that she and her daughter had stayed on occasion at Mr Wright's semi-detached home in Emily Street.

On February 10 she carried Ava-Jayne from their nearby home in Florence Street and put her to bed after feeding her.

Ava Jayne Corless Credit: Mercury Press & Media

She said: "I gave her a kiss and told her I loved her as I did every night. I told her she was my dream girl."

She checked later on her during the evening and gave her further kisses and cuddles as Ava-Jayne slept, the inquest heard, before she woke at about 11pm and then found her daughter.

She said she had not consumed any alchol or used any drugs that night.

Ava Jayne Corless Credit: Mercury Press & Media

I am absolutely devastated at what has happened. I would never have taken Ava there if I had not known what was going to happen.

"It will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would do anything to trade places with her. She is and was my beautfiul baby and I will treasure the memories.

– Chloe King
Ava Jayne Corless Credit: Mercury Press & Media

The inquest heard a statement from a woman police constable who attended the scene and described it as "the most traumatic incident I have ever attended during my police service". The hearing continues.

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Mum told daughter she loved her hours before she was mauled to death

An inquest into the death of a baby girl attacked by a dog has heard how her mother kissed her goodnight and told her she loved her hours before she was mauled to death.

Ava Jayne Corless Credit: ITV Granada

Ava Jayne Corless died of multiple injuries after being attacked by the dog while asleep in the upstairs bedroom of a house in Blackburn. The inquest heard evidence describing the dog as an illegal Pitt bull terrier type owned by her mother's boyfriend Lee Wright.

Inquest into death of baby attacked by dog in Blackburn

Ava-Jayne Corless Credit: ITV Granada

An inquest will be held into the death of a baby girl who was attacked by a dog in Blackburn.

Emergency services were called to Emily Street in February following reports that 11-month-old Ava-Jayne Corless had been injured by a dog.

A post mortem revealed she suffered 'multiple injuries'.

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