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Inquest opens into girl killed by her pet dog

Lexi Branson, 4, was killed by her pet dog at her mother's home Credit: ITV News Central

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a four year-old girl from Leicestershire who died after being attacked by her family's pet bulldog.

Lexi Branson died on Tuesday after being attacked by the dog, called Mulan, in the living room of her mother's flat in Mountsorrel.

The inquest, at Loughborough Coroner's Court, heard the child was confirmed dead at 1.13pm on Tuesday after being airlifted from her home in Rowena Court to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries.

Her mother Jodi Hudson formally identified her daughter's body at the hospital, the officer told the brief hearing.

Det Sgt Henry told the inquest an investigation was "ongoing" into the incident.

Post mortem tests were being carried out on Lexi's body.

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Tragic Lexi's headmaster: 'We've lost one of our family'

The headmaster at the school where four-year-old Lexi Branson was a pupil has spoken out in tribute to the youngster, who died after being attacked by the family dog.

Bereavement counsellors have been called in to speak to students struggling to cope in the wake of her death.

In a speech this afternoon, David Williams, headteacher of Christchurch and St Peter's C of E Primary School in Mountsorrel, said the whole school had been left "devastated and saddened" by the loss.

'No plans' to add bulldogs to Dangerous Dogs list

A government spokeswoman has said there are "no plans to change the list of banned breeds" following yesterday's tragic dog attack death.

Four-year-old Lexi Branson was attacked by the family's bulldog in the lounge of their flat in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, and later died in hospital.

The spokewoman, who works for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said the dangerous dogs list would not be changed in the wake of the attack.

Under UK law, the only breeds which are banned are the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro breeds.

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Killer family pet was a bulldog, police reveal

The dog which attacked four-year-old Lexi Branson was a bulldog, police have revealed.

Lexi was attacked in the lounge area of her Leicestershire home yesterday afternoon.

Lexi Branson died in hospital after the attack Credit: ITV News Central

Leicestershire Police also confirmed today that the dog died of stab wounds as Lexi's mother Jodie Hudson tried desperately to save the youngster.

First picture: Lexi with dog thought to have attacked her

This is the first picture of tragic four-year-old Lexi Branson with the family pet believed to have attacked her.

Lexi with the dog that is believed to have attacked her Credit: ITV News Central

Lexi died in hospital after the attack, which happened at her Leicester home yesterday.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the breed of the dog.

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Kennels confirms they supplied dog that killed Lexi

Police outside the home where Lexi Branson died after being attacked by her family's dog. Credit: PA Wire

Orchard Kennels and Cattery, in Barrow-upon-Soar, has confirmed the family of Lexi Branson got the dog that attacked and killed the four-year-old from them.

A spokesman, who did not want to be named, said he could not comment any further while the police investigation was ongoing.

Leicestershire police earlier confirmed that the dog is not believed to be listed as a dangerous breed and that investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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