A baby girl was savaged to death by a dog which mauled a relative who desperately tried to save her.
Her death has prompted calls for dog licensing laws to be brought back.
The six-month-old tot was believed to have been in the care of her grandparents. Paramedics attended but were unable to save the child.
The adult relative, who had been babysitting, had her hands badly bitten while trying to fight off the dog.
The animal is thought to be of the banned pitbull type. It was destroyed at the scene in Daventry, Northants, by a vet who attended with RSPCA officials, and tests will be carried out to determine the breed.
The baby and her mother are understood to have lived in the house.
Neighbour Anna Lopeman said: “We’ve seen the girl in her twenties pushing the baby in her pram. We’ve seen her walking two dogs.”
Marek Gajewski, 47, who lives nearby, added: “A woman in her sixties lives in the house with another woman in her twenties and two dogs. One is dark and the other is white. They look like similar breeds.”
Northamptonshire police Detective Sergeant Gary Baker said after the attack on Friday night: “This was a deeply distressing and tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family who are devastated. Incidents such as these are extremely rare but that will be of little comfort to the relatives of this tragically young victim.”
Local Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I would especially like to thank the officers who attended. I understand they attempted to revive the baby girl and are badly affected.”
Local councillor Chris Over said it was a “wake-up call” to bring back dog licensing. Under a law introduced this year owners face up to 14 years’ prison if they lose control of a dog.
– Mirror UK
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