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Mum and Grandmother jailed after 'banned' American Pitbull killed baby

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by an American pitbull at Daventry in Northamptonshire have been jailed.

The dog, named Bruiser, picked up Molly Mae Wotherspoon by her head and launched a "sustained attack" at her home in 2014.

The child suffered a catalogue of injuries including a fractured skull and bites to all four limbs, and died of blood loss.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Molly Mae was being looked after by Susan Aucott while her mother Claire Riley, went for a night out with friends.

The dog escaped from its cage in the kitchen and opened the door to the living room, where Molly Mae was on the changing mat.

Prosecuting, James House said:

Claire Riley and Susan Arcott who've been jailed after the death of baby Molly Mae Wotherspoon Credit: Northants Police

"He was an aggressive and dangerous dog and should not have been left in the house with a person who could not control him.

The attack was sustained. Susan Aucott simply was unable to bring Bruiser under control or remove Molly Mae from the situation."

– James House

Click below to see a report from Sarah Cooper