The mother of a four-year-old girl mauled to death by the family's pet dog said the death of her "bubbly" daughter is still too painful to talk about.
A coroner today ruled that Lexi Branson died when the family's 79lb Aylestone-type dog attacked her at home last November.
"The last 10 months have been extremely difficult for me and all who knew and loved Lexi. She was a bubbly girl who always had a smile and brought happiness to everyone she met," Jodi Hudson said after the verdict.
"We still think about her everyday and she lives on in our hearts as we have such wonderful memories of her. Her death is still too painful to talk about."
Ms Hudson said she hoped "in time the tragic events of that afternoon will ease."
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