A six-month-old baby girl has died after being attacked by a dog at her female relative’s home in Daventry, Northamptonshire Police said.
Police were called to the address around 10.30pm last night after receiving reports that the infant was being savaged by a dog.
Officers investigating the case are trying to determine whether the dog, which was later destroyed at the scene, was an illegal pit bull terrier.
The six-month old girl was attacked at 10.30pm yesterday while being cared for by a relative, file picture
The baby girl was staying in a female relative’s house when she was attacked by the killer dog
The police spokesman said that one of the major lines of inquiry by officers was to discover whether the destroyed animal was an illegally-held breed such as a Pit Bull terrier.
He confirmed that the dog’s body had been seized by police so that an expert could examine it to discover its genetic background.
Marek Gajewski, 47, who lives next door, said he believed an older lady lived at the house with her daughter and grandchild.
He said: ‘Two ladies live there with one child.
‘There are two dogs as well. They aren’t very big but maybe they are a pit bull. They are both the same breed, one is dark and one is white. I sometimes see her letting them out in the garden.
‘We weren’t here last night because we were coming back from holiday but there have been police cars parked in the parking spaces behind the house today.
‘It is just tragic though and so sad, my heart goes out to that family.