Mother forced to leave babys body with attacking dog so she could


center_img “They saw Archie lying on the floor face down with significant injuries and Daniel sitting on the sofa with significant head injuries in a very upset state.”The children were removed to Colchester General Hospital.” Archie was pronounced dead at 4.02pm.Police called specialist dog handlers to remove the dog and it took several officers to achieve this.”We had to use specialist equipment to do that because of his continued aggressive behaviour,” said Mr Biddle. “It never stopped for the whole time until it was put to sleep.”In a statement to police, Miss Rogers said she was alone in the house with her two children at the time of the attack. Det Insp Gary Biddle, senior investigating officer, said the boys’ mother barricaded the dog in the conservatory at the family’s Colchester home, and had to hold the door shut to prevent it from continuing to attack her children.”Jade called the ambulance service and did a heroic job removing the dog from the house to a conservatory area,” he said. “Because of the behaviour of the dog, being very aggressive at the time, Jade barricaded herself against the door to stop the dog getting back into the house.”She could not leave the door and let the ambulance service in.”Fortunately police attended very quickly. They shouted through the letter box to understand why she couldn’t get to the door and she shouted out why.”We were left with no option but to force entry. “It then shook Archie around the room then dropped him.”Jade said she knew instantly that Archie was dead. She decided to save Daniel, thought ‘I can save Daniel’, ran into the kitchen with him, grabbed the phone and dialled 999.”The dog was still having a go at Daniel, grabbed him off the kitchen counter.”On the 999 call you can hear him attacking Daniel and you can hear Jade shouting and screaming, trying to get the dog off.”The inquest heard that Mr and Mrs Ferdinand had owned the dog for around four years.They got it from a dog rescue centre and no previous concerns had been raised about its behaviour.Mr Biddle said officers traced a previous owner of the animal to find out why they had given it up.”She [the previous owner] had a little Jack Russell dog that used to attack Bailey and injure him, so she felt it was unfair to keep Bailey,” said Mr Biddle.A post-mortem examination on the dog concluded that it was healthy and well kept.Police took advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and were satisfied no offences had been committed, he said. Police outside a house near to where a baby boy was killed and a second child injured in a dog attackCredit:Sam Russell/PA Wirelast_img

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