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Friday 24 November 2017

Girl dies after being mauled by family dog

James Edgar and Oliver Duggan

A young girl who died after being bitten by a dog in Leicestershire, England, has been named.

Neighbours said Lexi was a friendly four-year-old who played outside her home in Rowena Court in Mountsorrel, where she lived with her mother Jodi Hudson.

Local police said officers were called to a flat at about 12.15pm following a report of a young girl being attacked by a dog, thought to be the family pet.

A spokesman said the youngster was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham where she died.

The dog died shortly after the attack.

Arthur Nash, who lives on Rowena Court, said: "Everybody is in shock at the moment.

"When I saw an ambulance pull up, I thought it was an old lady on the court who had had a heart attack, and then the neighbour came up and said she had been killed by the dog.

"The family has a similar sort of thing to the dogs that have been going off lately, similar to the dangerous dogs. I'm not saying it was dangerous, but it looked a similar dog."

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "I always say hello when I pass, and the little girl used to play outside – she used to say hello when she was playing. It is just such a shock, such a sad shock."

Irish Independent

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