Newborn baby mauled to death by dog as man and woman arrested

The man, 35, and woman, 27, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the baby boy was mauled to death by a dog in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Sunday

A man and woman have been arrested after a 12-day-old baby boy was mauled to death by a dog, police have said.

Police said the tot had suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog and died a short time later in hospital.

The man, 35, and woman, 27, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the incident in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Sunday.

The home where the baby was mauled to death lies empty as the family are being looked after by neighbours a few doors down.

A police liaison officer at the neighbouring property has advised that the family are too upset to speak.

Two bunches of flowers have been attached to the front gate of the home.

Signs of children living at the property are evident with a children’s bike leaning against the front of the house.

What appears to be a dog’s lead is being used to tie the wooden fence closed.

No neighbours were willing to talk about the incident though one woman, who did not wish to be named, confirmed she knew the mother had been pregnant but was not aware the family had a dog.

In the back garden there is a large dog kennel and an abandoned dog lead nearby.

Both suspects have been bailed while police continue to investigate the incident.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address on Welfare Road at around 3.30pm on Sunday following reports that a dog had attacked a child.

“On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.

“The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.

“A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They have now been bailed while enquiries continue.”

The dog has been removed from the address, the force added.