Pontyberem baby's death was accidental, coroner rules

An inquest has heard six-day-old baby Eliza Mae Mullane was killed when she was grabbed from her pram by her family's pet dog. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

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Funeral for baby who died in suspected dog attack

Eliza-Mae Mullane was six days old when she died. Credit: Wales News Service

The funeral of a newborn baby whose death resulted in the destruction of two dogs has taken place.

Eliza-Mae Mullane was six days old when she died on February 18 at her home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

More: Family tribute to six-day-old baby Eliza-Mae Mullane

The girl's parents, Sharon John and Patrick Mullane, paid their last respects to their "dearly beloved daughter" at Pontyberem Catholic Church ahead of a private cremation.

The funeral took place at Pontyberem Catholic Church. Credit: Wales News Service

In a statement the devastated couple said: "She brought joy into our family, and losing her like this has cast the most horrible shadow over all of us."

The cause of Eliza-Mae's death is not yet known and police have not given any details of her injuries.

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Police destroy family dogs following baby death

Police were called to the house at Pontyberem after the death of a child. Credit: PA

Dyfed Powys Police say two family dogs taken into possession by the police following the death of a six-day-old baby in Carmarthenshire have been destroyed.

The dogs were an Alaskan Malamute and a Collie cross.

Police were called to the house on New Road, Pontyberem, at around 8:30am on Tuesday 18th February.

Six day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane was airlifted to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dyfed Powys Police say a the details concerning the baby's death have now been passed to the Carmarthenshire Coroner.

Pontyberem gathers to pray for Eliza-Mae Mullane

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Police are working to establish the full set of circumstances that led to the death of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane Credit: Dyfed Powys Police / Family

The community of Pontyberem came together this morning to say prayers in memory of Eliza-Mae Martha Mullane at Eglwys y Groes church.

The six-day-old died suddenly on Tuesday morning.

The family's dog was seized.

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Pontyberem baby death: Police focus on forensics

Police say their inquiry into the death of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane is currently focused on forensic submissions.

The pathologist’s examination of the baby will take place in the coming days.

We continue to support the family with specially-trained family liaison officers at this time.

This is a sensitive inquiry, which seeks to establish the full set of circumstances that led to the death of baby Eliza-Mae.

The detailed nature of the ancillary forensic enquiries may take some time and we will provide further updates as the inquiry progresses.

– Dyfed Powys Police statement

Dog held as investigations continue into baby death

Police are working to establish the full set of circumstances that led to the death of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane Credit: Dyfed Powys Police / Family

Police have confirmed that the dog seized in connection with the death of a six-day-old baby in Carmarthenshire remains in police possession.

Police were called to a house on New Road, Pontyberem, at around 8:30am on Tuesday morning.

Eliza-Mae Mullane was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales but was pronounced dead.

A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said forensic examination of the house concluded yesterday.

The initial forensic examination of the family dog - an Alaskan Malamute - is also complete.

Police have said they are not yet in a position to confirm the exact cause of Eliza-Mae's death, or the nature of her injuries.

Community councillor: Baby death 'almost unbelievable'

Community councillor Alban Rees says he finds the death of six-day-old baby Eliza-Mae Mullane "almost unbelievable".

"We live in a mining area, we are used to mining tragedies - but this is totally different", he said.

"Seven days ago I am sure that the family was highly elated with the birth and addition to their family - then all of a sudden the young one has been taken away from them."

PCC receives 17 complaints over The Sun coverage

The Press Complaints Commission has confirmed it has received 17 complaints about the headline printed by the newspaper The Sun this morning, in its coverage of the death of six-day-old Eliza-Mae Mullane in Pontyberem in Carmarthenshire.

Welsh politicians have publicly criticised the paper, calling for it to boycotted, and to apologise.

The Sun has issued a statement, saying: "We had no intention of being disrespectful, and regret that people have been concerned by our headline."

It has not apologised for its coverage though.

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