A family’s pet dog mauled a newborn baby to death while his mother was in the toilet and his father was in the garden 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, 2020.

The child, 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”.

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.

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

1 COMMENT

  1. This is careless parenting. A sad day for the family. How could she have left a 12 days old baby with a dog? That’s negligence on the part of the parent. Knowingly or unknowingly, some parents get careless in the care of their children. Caring parents should use their imagination to answer the question “what could go wrong?” and take precautions. Your child is the most precious thing in your life and should be treated with great care and full attention.

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