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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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Inquest into death of girl mauled by dog set to resume

A verdict is expected at the inquest into the fatal mauling of a four-year-old girl who was attacked by her family's pet bulldog.

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

Lexi Branson was four years old when she was mauled to death by the family dog. Credit: Leicestershire Police/PA Wire

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

The dog, called Mulan, had been collected from a kennels for strays by Lexi's mother Jodi Hudson a few weeks before.

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