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Dogs attack, bite 14 days old baby to death after mother fell asleep

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It has been reported that a newborn baby boy was bitten to death by a family dog after his mother fell asleep on the sofa and his father walked outside for a cigarette.

Reuben McNulty died three weeks after his parents’ pet dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bit his head up to 23 times.

Parents Amy Litchfield and Dan McNulty had been told by social workers not to leave Reuben alone with their two dogs.

Family dog fatally bites 14 day old baby on the head 23 times after mum fell asleep on sofa

But Amy, 31, was in a deep slumber next to baby Reuben, who also slept in a teddy bear bed on the sofa, while the dad, Dan had gone outside for a cigarette when the dog was savaged by one of the dogs at the family home in Yaxley, Cambs, UK.

An inquest on Tuesday, January 11, heard that neither Reuben nor the dogs were being directly supervised at the time of the attack just before 2am on November 18, 2018.

Family dog fatally bites 14 day old baby on the head 23 times after mum fell asleep on sofa

Neither of the child’s parents attended the hearing.

The coroner heard that Dan returned inside to find Reuben and the white dog called Dottie and aged around 6 – covered in blood, while Amy was still asleep.

Dan immediately called 999, telling the operator: “I think the f****** dog’s attacked him. My partner was asleep, I just heard crying.

“He’s just bleeding, you know? I was like what the f***?”

When paramedics arrived, Daniel and Amy refused to hold baby Reuben, the inquest heard.

The baby was then airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he was found to have suffered severe brain, spinal and skull injuries. He died at the same hospital on December 13 – three days after life support was removed.

Simon Newbury, a veterinary forensics expert, revealed that the dog may have bitten Reuben up to 23 times in the head while shaking him around.

Mr Newbury told the inquest at Peterborough Town Hall: “It’s possible that Dottie saw Reuben as a small prey or a squeaky toy.

“It’s possible that Dottie was stimulated into a predatory drive by crying or a movement [by Reuben].

“There appears to have been no supervision of the dogs. Amy was in a deep sleep, Daniel was downstairs, outside, smoking.”

Dan and Amy were both arrested by police on suspicion of child neglect after the incident but prosecutors changed their stance and decided not to charge them in December 2020.

Both dogs were seized by police and killed after the heartbreaking incident.

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