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A couple arrested over the death of an 11-month-old girl killed by a banned pitbull terrier type dog have been released on bail.
Ava-Jayne Corless was mauled to death by the dog while she was sleeping in bed at a house in Blackburn on Monday night.
The girl's mother, Chloe King, 20, and her partner, Lee Wright, 26, were held on suspicion of manslaughter.
"The two people arrested in connection with the death of Ava-Jayne Corless at Blackburn have both been released on bail pending further inquiries," Lancashire Police said.
Lancashire Police said the dog which mauled an 11-month-old girl in Blackburn has been identified by experts as a pitbull-terrier type dog, which is banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
The RSPCA has issued the following statement after an 11-month-old girl was mauled to death at a home in Blackburn yesterday evening.
The dog that mauled a baby to death in Blackburn has been described as "very aggressive and dangerous" by a neighbour, who said the animal had previously entered his garden by breaking the fence.
Locals have claimed they reported dangerous dogs at the address of the killing to police.
Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell said Lancashire Police are making inquiries to see whether there have been previous issues with the dog, but that "at this moment it would be too early to speculate on that".
The mother of a baby mauled to death by a dog was downstairs with her boyfriend at the time, police have said.
Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell of Lancashire Police called the incident "absolutely horrific" and said both suspects will be questioned by detectives today.
The mother of an 11-month-old baby girl, mauled to death by a dog, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Ava Jayne Marie Corless was in bed at a house in Emily Street, Blackburn, at around 11pm yesterday when she was savaged by what police described as an American pitbull-type dog.
She was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.
The girl's mother has been named locally as Chloe King and the man in custody was named as Lee Wright, who is not the father of the child.
Police have not confirmed the names of those under arrest.
Neighbours claim to have made previous complaints about the dog's behaviour to police.
An 11-month-old girl mauled to death in Blackburn by an "American pitbull-type" dog has been named by Lancashire Police as Ava Jayne Marie Corless.
Her mother Chloe King, 20, and her partner named as Lee Wright - who is not the child's father - have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Police are continuing to carry out inquiries in Blackburn after an 11-month-old baby died after being mauled by a dog.
A 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and are in police custody.
The relationship between the 11-month-old baby and those arrested has not been confirmed.
It is believed the girl was not at her home address at the time of the incident.
Nobody else was injured during the attack.
A 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and are in police custody