Baby died from dog bite to head

A week-old baby who was killed after being bitten by a dog in Telford in Shropshire died from a "significant" head injury.

Baby bitten by dog died from a 'significant' head injury

A week-old baby who was killed after being bitten by a dog in Telford died from a "significant" head injury, police have said.

Officers investigating the death of Harry Harper confirmed a post-mortem examination had been completed.

Harry was pronounced dead after being taken to Telford's Princess Royal Hospital from a semi-detached house in Telford, on Tuesday morning.

Police have said that "initial indications" suggest the baby died as a result of being bitten by the family's pet Jack Russell, which has since been put down.

A post-mortem concluded the cause of death was a significant head injury, West Mercia Police said.

Further detailed tests are still to be carried out and therefore no further information can be released, the force added.

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Harry Harper died after being bitten by a dog in Telford, Shropshire. Credit: Family handout

Week old Harry Harper died after being bitten by a dog in Telford, Shropshire.

A statement from his family released by West Mercia Police reads: "As a family we are absolutely devastated by Harry's death and have no words to describe the loss we have suffered.

"At the present time we have no wish to speak publicly about yesterday's events and would ask that we are left in peace to grieve and begin to deal with our loss."

Pet Jack Russell put down after 'tragic accident'

Police said in a statement that "initial indications" suggested a week-old-boy in Shropshire died as a result of being bitten by the dog.

Our investigation is ongoing but it appears that the baby died as a result of a dog bite. The dog in question was a family pet - a Jack Russell - and this animal has been put down.

A post-mortem will be taking place to establish the exact cause of this baby's death but at this stage it does appear to be a tragic accident.

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson

Dog understood to have been put down after baby dies

It is understood the dog involved in the death of a one-week-old baby in Shropshire, has been put down.

Police and ambulance were called to an address in Woodside Road, Ketley, about a young baby that was unwell.

He was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford by paramedics but died soon after.

As in all cases of the death of a young child, West Mercia Police has launched an investigation to establish the exact circumstances.

– West Mercia Police spokesman

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Baby boy dies after being bitten by a dog

A baby boy has died after being bitten by a dog.

West Mercia Police said the child died in hospital yesterday morning after paramedics were called to an address in Telford, Shropshire.

A police spokesman said officers were awaiting the result of a post-mortem examination, and have launched an investigation to establish the precise circumstances of the death.