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14th Dec 2018

Five-week-old baby dies after being attacked by two pet dogs

Two people were arrested in relation to the incident.

Anna O'Rourke

A baby boy has died in hospital after he was mauled by two pet dogs.

Five-week-old Reuben McNulty was left fighting for his life after sustaining severe injuries in an attack last month.

He was just two weeks old when he was savaged by the Staffordshire bull terriers, named Fizzy and Dotty, at a property in Yaxley in Cambridgeshire, England.

Paramedics were called to the home early on the morning of 18 November.

The baby was brought to Peterborough City Hospital with life-threatening head injuries.

He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Five-week-old baby dies after being attacked by two pet dogs

Relatives of the family had been keeping a vigil by the infant’s side in the past few weeks but he passed away yesterday, police have confirmed.

Speaking to The Sun, the baby’s grandfather described the incident as a “freak accident”.

The dogs were seized by authorities and have since been put down.

Police said that two people, thought to be baby Reuben’s parents, were questioned in relation to the tragedy.

“A 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from Yaxley, who were arrested on suspicion of child neglect, have been released under investigation,” they said in a statement.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and has been handed to the coroner.”