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"No greater punishment than loss of my precious granddaughter" says gran jailed over baby death

Susan Arcott who was jailed today after a dog attack that killed her six month old granddaughter Credit: Press Association

A grandmother jailed following the death of her granddaughter who died after a dog attack in 2014 has issued a statement on the tragedy

Along with Claire Riley the mother of six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon Susan Aucott, was today given a two year jail sentence.

Before sentencing Aucott said

Whatever the sentence of the Court today, there can be no greater punishment than the loss of my precious, beautiful granddaughter and watching, and experiencing first hand, the deep impact her loss has had on my daughter and all of our family.

There is no doubt in my mind that things could and should have been done differently and lessons have been learnt the hard way. But it is important for the memory of Molly-Mae that these lessons do not stop here. These lessons need to be learned far and wide. Every parent, every dog owner needs to take notice.

Please do not let Molly-Mae’s death be in vain. Her death cannot be undone but let her beautiful face and her memory live on by serving as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that could be suffered if these lessons are not learned now.

– Susan Arcott

Death of baby mauled by dangerous dog described as 'entirely avoidable tragedy'

Claire Riley who has been jailed for two years after her baby daughter was killed by a dangerous dog Credit: ITV News

The Crown Prosecution Service have described the death of a baby mauled to death by a dog as a tragedy for all concerned.

Mollie May Weatherspoon died after the attack in Daventry in 2014. Today her mother Claire Riley and her grandmother Susan Arcott was jailed for two years for keeping a dangerously out of control dog.

James Allen, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for the CPS East Midlands said:

“Molly Mae’s death was a tragedy for all concerned. Sadly, the simple truth is that her death in October 2014 was entirely avoidable.

Molly Mae’s death would not have happened if two of the people closest to her had acted, as any reasonable person would have done, and never allowed such an aggressive and dangerous dog to be in the same small house as a young and vulnerable child.

Any type of dog that is dangerously out of control, whether a breed of dog banned under the Dangerous Dogs legislation or not, can cause injury. The larger and more powerful the breed of dog, the more serious those injuries can be.

As this case tragically illustrates, young and vulnerable children can be killed by dogs regarded as family pets. The onus is on owners and people responsible for dogs to ensure that dogs are kept under contro

– James Allen, CPS

BREAKING: Mother and grandmother jailed after fatal dog attack on baby in Northamptonshire

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog in Northamptonshire have been given two year jail sentences.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bill at a house in Daventry in October 2014 . Mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott both admitted being in charged of a dangerously out of control dog.

Claire Riley pictured with a different dog has been jailed for two years after a fatal dog attack on her baby daughter. Credit: Agency


Eight year old recovering after dog attack in Essex

Police are appealing for information after an eight year old boy was bitten by a dog at Rochford in Essex.

It happened sometime between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Friday, January 15th in St Clare Meadow.

The boy was walking with an adult friend when they were pair approached by a teenager who was holding two Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs who were both light in colour. One had brown markings.

The dogs started growling at the young boy and one of them bit him on his left arm below the elbow.

He was taken to hospital by the woman who was with him and his wound was treated.

The teenager and the dogs walked off towards St Clare Meadow in the direction of the play area.

He is described as white, aged between 12 and 14-years-old, around 5ft tall with short, dark hair.

Anybody who knows who the boy is or who has any information about what happened is asked to contact the police on 101.

Dog attacked in Luton

Police are appealing for information after a dog was attacked by another dog on Warden Hills in Luton last Thursday (13 August).

A dog walker was walking on a path near the edge of the golf course when the 12-year-old Border Collie cross was attacked by a grey Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The injured dog had to be taken to a veterinary surgery for treatment and is still recovering from its injuries.

The incident is believed to have happened at about 10 o'clock in the morning.

Victim's Grandmother calls for change to dog laws

A grandmother whose grandson was attacked by a dog is calling for a change in the law on dog ownership.

It comes after Rowan Diedrick was sentenced to 16 months in prison and banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after his Rottweiller attacked the 7-year-old on Southend beach.

The boy was left with about 20 wounds. Diedrick had already pleaded guilty to having a dog dangerously out of control when the attack happened last August. The dog will be destroyed. The boy's grandmother, who can't be identified, says many other countries have tighter controls in place.

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