A nine-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a dog in Cornwall has been pictured for the first time.
Frankie Willis was attacked by the crazed bulldog-type animal in Tencreek Holiday Park at 4am on Saturday morning.
Other families staying on the caravan site said they awoke to his mother Tawnee Willis screaming ‘the dog’s attacked my boy’.
It is thought the dog owner was staying next to them in a neighbouring caravan.
Officers were called to the park shortly before 5am and found the youngster in an ‘unresponsive’ state.Bearded men carry 'more germs than dogs', study finds
Emergency services attended but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friends and family have since begun paying tribute to the ‘amazing little boy’ as they come to terms with his death.
Commenting on a photo of him with Tawnee, one woman wrote: ‘Sleep tight handsome boy’, while others said they were ‘completely speechless and heartbroken’ over the news of his death.
Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
Another added online: ‘Rip little man. I still see that little cheeky smile you had.’
Tawnee, of Plymouth, posted a crying emoji on a relative’s Facebook page on Saturday.One dead and at least 19 injured in 'major incident' after bus and two cars crash
Family members were also spotted laying flowers at the entrance to the holiday park where the attack took place.
Among those paying tribute was Frankie’s aunt Danielle Macritchie who left a bouquet which contained a handwritten note.
She wrote: “Auntie Danielle loved you so much baby boy. I’ve loved you from the second I knew you were coming.
‘The first time I saw you, you were still in mummy’s belly and I knew right away we were going to be best friends.
‘I’m so sorry this has happened. I am going to miss you till my heart stops beating. We love you baby boy.’
She added with a post on social media: ‘My baby boy, I just want u back now. I want this to stop now. Our lives are ruined forever. How do we ever stop this pain?’
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Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”
A woman, 28, was arrested three hours later in Saltash, Cornwall, 15 miles from where the incident occurred.
It was later revealed that a teenage passerby had helped her board a train away from the area of the attack, seeing her ‘covered in blood’ and believing she’d been a victim of domestic abuse.
The woman was detained on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter.
She has since been released under investigation.