Family pay tribute to baby killed in dog incident

Sharon John and Patrick Mullane, the parents of six-day-old Eliza-Mae who died in an incident believed to have involved the family dog.

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Parents will 'cherish little time they had with Eliza-Mae'

The parents of six-day-old Eliza-Mae, who is thought to have been killed by the family dog, said they will "cherish the little time we were able to share with her".

Eliza-Mae Mullane was airlifted to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff yesterday after what is thought to have been an attack by the family's Alaskan malamute dog.

Eliza-Mae died suddenly at a property in the village of Pontyberem. Credit: Family Handout

"Even though she was an important part of our family for such a short period of time, Eliza-Mae will always be in our hearts and thoughts and we will cherish the little time we were able to share with her," Sharon John and Patrick Mullane said in a statement.

"She was a dearly loved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece. She brought joy into our family, and losing her like this has cast the most horrible shadow over all of us.

"There are no words we can use to describe what we feel at the moment, and we don't think there ever will be."

Dog breed seized after baby death 'have kind natures'

The Alaskan Malamute, the breed of dog seized from a family home following the death of a six-day-old girl, are large and powerful, but have kind and affectionate natures, according to an expert from The Kennel Club.

"They often live in family situations and are extremely loyal," Bill Lambert, the club's health and breeder services manager said.

He confirmed that the breed is not listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act, adding:

The list demonises certain breeds of dog, and we have to look far deeper than that.

The Dangerous Dogs Act is all about the appearance of the dog, and actually ownership and training of the dog is more important. Any large, powerful dog does have the capacity to cause harm.

The Alaskan Malamute is a Husky-type dog "bred originally for pulling sledges, and they weigh, fully grown, something like 75 to 85 pounds."


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Baby death: Girl had only been home for two nights

Neighbours have been re-living the horrific events here this morning as the emergency services battled to save Eliza-Mae's life - she was just six days old.

She had spent the first three days of her life in an intensive care unit. She only came home at the weekend and spent two nights in the nursery inside the house.

The joy of homecoming for her parents Patrick and Sharon shattered in a matter of moments this morning.

Police have seized the family's pet dog - it is an Alaskan Malamute like the one pictured here. It is not a banned dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

File photograph of an Alaskan Malamute - the breed of dog seized by police after the baby's death. Credit: ITV News

Police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination, but what is clear is that this community is in shock tonight at what has happened.

Police 'not in position to confirm cause of baby's death'

Dyfed Powys Police said they are "not in a position to confirm the exact cause of death" of a six-day-old girl who died at a property in a Carmarthenshire village

Eliza-Mae Mullane's death prompted police to seize the family's dog, which was an Alaskan Malamute.

A police spokeswoman said: "The police investigation is ongoing. We are not in a position to confirm the exact cause of death or the injuries to the baby at the moment.

"We are not going to speculate on reports from people in the community and we respectfully ask that you wait for the investigation to run its proper course."

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Baby death: Seized dog not on dangerous breeds list

Chief Inspector Ieuan Mathews addresses the media near the property where the six-day-old baby girl died Credit: ITV News / Dean Thomas

Police have confirmed that the Alaskan Malamute dog seized in connection with the death of a six-day-old baby in Carmarthenshire is not listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Alaskan Malamutes were originally bred as sled dogs for work in the Arctic, but are now popular as family pets.


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Pontyberem death: Baby confirmed as six-day-old girl

Police have confirmed that the infant who died at a property in the Carmarthenshire village of Pontyberem this morning was a baby girl aged six days old.

We are investigating the sudden death of a baby at a property in New Road, Pontyberem.

The baby girl was just six days old.

We were called by the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust just before 8.30am this morning, and the baby was taken by heli-med to the Heath Hospital. Sadly she was later pronounced dead at University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff.

Our sympathies are with the family at this tragic time and we have specialist officers who are supporting them. All I would ask is that you give them time and space to grieve.

As far as our enquiries are concerned, the investigation is still at an early stage.

– Chief Inspector Ieuan Mathews, Dyfed Powys Police
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Ambulance Service: Baby was airlifted to hospital

The Welsh Ambulance Service has confirmed it attended a property in Pontyberem this morning.

We were called at 8.26am today to a medical emergency at a property in Pontyberem.

We sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance and the Helimed helicopter to the scene, and a baby was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales.

– Welsh Ambulance service spokesperson
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Pontyberem baby death: 'Thoughts go out' to family

The chairman of Pontyberem Community Council has spoken out following the sudden death of a baby in the village this morning.

It is a huge shock for the particular community. Our thoughts go to the family involved, obviously.

From what I understand, the police are still continuing their investigations and the area is cordoned off.

– Alan Lewis, chairman of Pontyberem Community Council

Mr Lewis described Pontyberem as an "ex-mining community village" with a population of 2,500 - 3,000.

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