Tuesday 23 January 2018

Dog that killed baby was owned by police officer

Archie Joe Darby (four months) was killed and his brother Daniel (22 months) seriously injured in the attack
Archie Joe Darby (four months) was killed and his brother Daniel (22 months) seriously injured in the attack

Dean Gray in London

A DOG that killed a four-month-old baby and seriously injured his 22-month-old brother in England on Thursday was owned by a serving police officer, it has been reported.

The boys' mother was also hurt in the attack, in Colchester, Essex. It is not known whether PC Clare Ferdinand (31), the dog's owner, was at the address when the pet - believed to a Staffordshire bull terrier type - mauled the family.

Essex Police have refused to confirm that Mrs Ferdinand is employed by them, although friends of the victims' family insisted that she is.

A post-mortem examination on the body of the four-month-old boy is expected to take place next week.

Police said the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier-type, had been put down with the consent of its owner and a post-mortem examination was due to take place on the animal on Friday.

Chief Inspector Elliott Judge said: "An investigation to establish the facts surrounding what happened is ongoing.

The Reverend Justin Lunniss, who lives just yards away, said: "The police where there and I saw the animal being led out. It was brown and I think it was a staff. I didn't see any blood but a dog handler was leading it away with a safety pole with a loop at the end."

Neighbours also described seeing emergency services taking the injured children and a woman from the home.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I didn't see the older child being taken away but I saw the baby. There were loads of paramedics around them, then the woman was brought out.

"She was distraught, she had to be held up by two people on either side, she was walking very slowly."

Irish Independent

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