Famiy dog mauls couple’s newborn son to death

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A family’s pet dog mauled a newborn baby to death while his mother was on the toilet and his father was outside with another child, a coroner heard.

Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes was 12 days old when his family’s Chow Chow-cross is believed to have bitten him on September 13.

The tot, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was still alive when mum Abigail Ellis frantically called for an ambulance but died at the hospital.

Doncaster Coroner’s Court heard Elon was “bleeding from his leg or his stomach”.

It was said police are currently investigating his death and senior coroner Nicola Mundy adjourned the inquest until a later date.

Coroner’s officer David Copley said: “At 3.04pm on Sunday, September 13, a call was made to South Yorkshire Ambulance by Abigail Ellis.

“She stated that her son, Elon, was breathing, but was really poorly.

“He was bleeding from his leg or his tummy, she thought that one of the dogs had bitten Elon.

“She had been on the toilet and her partner Stephen was outside with another child and came running in.

“Officers attended and Stephen Joynes identified Elon to police officers.

 A police spokesperson said the baby had suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog.

Abigail and Stephen were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the incident and both have been bailed pending further inquiries.

They said the pet, called Teddy, was removed from the address and will remain insecure kennels until the force’s inquiries have been completed.

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