Girl died as a result of dog attack, coroner rules

A four-year-old girl died when she was mauled to death at home in Leicestershire by the family's pet bulldog, a coroner has recorded in a narrative verdict.

The coroner said he would make recommendations to avoid similar deaths in future, drawing attention to the lack of national standards for rehoming dogs in kennels.

The Aylestone bulldog-type family pet killed Lexi Branson after attacking her in the lounge of their two-bedroom flat in November 2013.

Lexi's mother told the inquest at Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner's Court that the animal had gone straight for the four-year-old's throat.

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Lexi's mother tells of fight to save mauled daughter

By Ben Chapman: ITV News Correspondent

The mother of a four-year-old girl who was mauled to death by the family dog has described how she tried to fight off the animal during the attack.

Lexi Branson died after the family's Aylestone bulldog, named Mulan, turned on her at their flat in Mountsorrell, Leicestershire, last November. They had adopted the pet just a few weeks earlier.

Police stand guard outside the flat where the attack took place Credit: PA Wire

Her mother, Jodi Hudson, told an inquest into Lexi's death that they had been sitting watching TV together when Mulan suddenly "went up on all fours."

"She just went all stiff and stared at her," she told the hearing in Loughborough, Leicestershire. "I tapped her butt and said, 'No, Mulan," and that's when she just went for Lexi. She went straight for her throat.

"I just tried to get hold of her front legs to dislocate them, but that wasn't working. I tried to smash a glass over her but that wasn't working. I tried to get my hands around her jaws to prise them open but she wasn't letting go."

Ms Hudson told she then went into the kitchen to get a large knife, and began stabbing the dog until it eventually released its grip.

"It felt like five minutes," she said. "It probably wasn't but it felt like it."

Lexi was taken to hospital but died later of her injuries.

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Inquest resumes into death of girl, 4, mauled by dog

Inquest resumes into death of Lexi Branson Credit: PA Wire

Four -year-old Lexi Branson suffered extensive injuries to her face and neck consistent with an attack by a dog, a pathologist has told an inquest which has resumed into her death.

Lexi died in hospital after she was attacked by the family's pet bulldog called Mulan on November 5 last year.

Her mother Jodi Hudson stabbed the animal to death in a bid to save her daughter at their home in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

Ms Hudson will be among witnesses who will give evidence at the two-day hearing at Rutland and North Leicester Coroner’s Office, in Loughborough.

ITV News' Ben Chapman reports.

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