Dog that mauled newborn to death ‘strong enough to drag three cops into road’

A dog that mauled a newborn baby to death in Doncaster was strong enough to drag three police officers into the road, according to a witness.
Flowers were left outside the property where the baby was killed (Picture: SWNS)

A dog that mauled a 12-day-old baby to death was so strong it pulled three police officers into the street, a witness said.

Cops wrestled to pull the dog away from the scene after it attacked the newborn baby boy at a property in Doncaster. He died later from his injuries in hospital.

A man, 35, and a woman, 27, were arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, following the incident on Sunday afternoon.

Sally Hooley, who was driving past as the dog was being taken away by police, said: ‘The dog was a big fluffy golden dog, it looked harmless at first glance. I couldn’t tell you the breed but three police officers were struggling to control it to get it into the dog van.

‘The dog was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road. It’s so, so sad.

‘It looked like a big fluffy harmless dog. At the end of the day the parents will never get over the loss of their child.’

The house (centre) where a 12-day-old baby was mauled to death by a dog, Welfare Road, Doncaster. There is a dog pen in the rear garden of the property. September, 15 2020. Two people have been arrested after a 12-day-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Doncaster.
The house (centre) where the 12-day-old baby was mauled to death (Picture: SWNS)
The house where a 12-day-old baby was mauled to death by a dog, Welfare Road, Doncaster.
Neighbours said the dog was strong enough to drag police officers into the road (Picture: SWNS)
Police confirmed the dog was a crossbreed and it was removed. It is understood it was part Akita.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family in less than two years, revealed a neighbour, as devastated residents left floral tributes outside the home.

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The baby’s mother had lost her long-term partner to sepsis only 18 months ago, they said. He was the father to her three older children.

A neighbour told The Sun: ‘She was a brilliant mum but her whole life fell apart when he died. She lost everything.’

Another said the older children – two boys and the youngest, a girl – were ‘lovely and polite’ and ‘well cared for’.

The house where a 12-day-old baby was mauled to death by a dog, Welfare Road, Doncaster. September 15 2020. Two people have been arrested after a 12-day-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Doncaster. Emergency services were called to Welfare Road, Woodlands, at about 15:30 on Sunday after reports of a dog attacking a child, police said. The baby had been bitten by a dog causing serious injuries, South Yorkshire Police added. A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They have both been bailed while inquiries take place, the force said. The newborn was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
A witness said the dog was so strong it dragged three cops into the road (Picture: SWNS)
A women looks at floral tributes where a 12-day-old baby was mauled to death by a dog, Welfare Road, Doncaster. September 15 2020. Two people have been arrested after a 12-day-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Doncaster. Emergency services were called to Welfare Road, Woodlands, at about 15:30 on Sunday after reports of a dog attacking a child, police said. The baby had been bitten by a dog causing serious injuries, South Yorkshire Police added. A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They have both been bailed while inquiries take place, the force said. The newborn was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
The infant died later in hospital (Picture: SWNS)

They said: ‘It is heartbreaking, it’s just shocking. It’s a tragedy upon a tragedy.

‘Her previous partner was such a loving father and appeared to be great around the house, we would always see him hanging the washing out and doing his bit.

‘They just looked like such a lovely family, they were always together and always happy.’

South Yorkshire Police rushed to the home in Woodlands at 3.30pm on Sunday after reports that a child had been attacked by a dog.

The dog was later removed from the address, the force added.

A neighbour said that they did not know the breed of the dog but that it was ‘very big’ and ‘not something you’d want around small children’.

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