Couple bailed over baby killed by banned pitbull

The dog which mauled an 11-month-old girl in Blackburn has been identified as a banned pitbull-terrier type dog. The mother of Ava Jayne Corless and her partner were bailed this morning after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

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Police investigate after baby mauled to death by dog

An investigation is underway following the death of an eleven month old baby in Blackburn.

At 11pm last night, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Emily Street following reports a baby had been mauled by a dog.

The child was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but died a short time later.

The dog has been destroyed.

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries at the scene and investigate the circumstances of what has happened.

A 26 year old man and a 20 year old woman have both been arrested and are currently in police custody.

This is a tragic incident and specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family. A full investigation is underway.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Giles
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