Baby boy mauled to death by dog as police make two arrests

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

Officers said the tot suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog and died a short 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.

Both have been bailed pending further inquires.

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 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.