THE mum of a 12-day-old baby mauled to death by a dog has “lost everything” after her partner died last year, say pals.
The newborn baby boy was fatally attacked in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the second tragedy to hit the family in 18 months, as neighbours told of their heartache today.
A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.
Police were called to a terraced home in Welfare Road to reports the baby was bitten on Sunday afternoon.
The infant was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and later died.
Today floral tributes were left outside the home, as friends of the baby’s parents paid tribute.
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The baby’s mum saw her “life fall apart” after her partner died 18 months ago, according to neighbours.
One local resident burst into tears as she said: “She was a brilliant mum but her whole life fell apart when he died.
“She lost everything.”
It is believed the father of her three children died 18 months ago from sepsis.
She told her friends he also had a heart condition.
She was a brilliant mum but her whole life fell apart when he died
Another neighbour said: “She had a tough life. I don’t know how she will get past this.
“Her partner died about 18 months ago and she was left to bring up her three children. I felt for her when he died.
“The baby was with her new partner.
“The dogs I think must have been her new partner’s. She’s just a young girl really and would often come round to borrow a cup of milk.
“I saw her and the neighbours all out on the street on Sunday and a commotion, but I had no idea what had happened. “
Devastated Debbie Kitchen, who knows the family, said: “This was a tragic accident.
“RIP little man fly high with the angels.”
It is not known if the dog – believed to be a crossbreed – has been destroyed.
Friend Louise Scott wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely devastating news.
“Two parents have just lost a child and three other children a brother in such terrible circumstances.
“Sleep tight little man.”
The dog – believed to be a crossbreed – has been seized but police were unable to confirm if it had been destroyed.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.
“The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.
“A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.”
Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.