A dog “showing no signs of aggression” devastated a two-week-old baby after its mother fell asleep on the sofa, heard an investigation.
Two week old Reuben McNulty was sitting on a teddy bear ring on the sofa with his mother Amy Litchfield when he heard of their pet named Dotty. was attacked by the Staffordshire bull terrier type
His father Daniel McNulty dialed 999 when he discovered the bloody scene in their apartment in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire after smoking outside, according to Tuesday’s hearing in Peterborough.
Reuben was hospitalized in the early hours of November 18, 2018, but died of a serious head injury on December 13, at the age of five weeks.
Cambridgeshire Coroner Simon Milburn said that Mr McNulty told a 999 caller, “I think the damn dog attacked him.
“My partner slept.
“I only heard crying.”
In a police interview summarized by the coroner, Mr. McNulty said he “went outside to smoke”.
“He says he went back upstairs and heard crying,” said Milburn.
“He said when he picked up (Reuben) he saw the injuries and saw the dog Dotty licking his lips.”
Simon Newbury, a veterinary forensics specialist, said Reuben had 23 individual puncture sites.
He said they came from “at least four to five bites or procedures” and “possibly 18-23 if individual punctures are individual procedures each time”.
“I suspect Reuben was shaken between engagements,” he said.
“This attack would have lasted a minute or more.
“It is possible that Dotty was stimulated to prey by a certain movement.”
He said he believed Dotty “saw Reuben as small prey or a squeaky toy”.
Dotty and a second Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog named Fizz, both female and between the ages of around seven and nine, were confiscated by police and later destroyed, the investigation found.
Mr. Milburn said, “Any time you read the evidence, it is clear that none of these dogs have had any prior problems or concerns.”
He continued, “There is evidence that both parents were understandably drowsy from caring for a newborn, and there was evidence that they had agreed who should fall asleep and look after Reuben at different times.
“In the early hours of the morning, given the explanation and the explanations that I accept, mother slept in the living room.
“She had taken a couple of sleeping pills.
“Reuben slept in the same room in his donut, the dogs either slept in the same room or on the dog bed.
“Daniel said he went to smoke a cigarette.
“I have no reason to deny that.
Amy remembers telling her in her police interviews that he was going to smoke a cigarette, but unfortunately she fell asleep again and when Daniel came back a short time later he found Reuben badly injured and one of the dogs, Dotty, covered Blood.
“I think the best way to characterize this series of events is that it was an unintentional brief period of unintentional inattention that unfortunately had terrible and tragic consequences.”
As he recorded a narrative conclusion, he said, “Reuben died of complications from head injuries caused when he was attacked by a dog that was a family pet at his home address.”