Pit bull kills baby

11-month boy dies of head injuries after family pet attack

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By Bruce Smith

A BABY has been savaged to death by the family's pet dog.

Eleven-month-old Liam Eames died at Leeds Infirmary after he suffered horrific head injuries in the attack by one of his family's two American type bull terriers at their home in Tinshill, Leeds.

It is understood that one of the dogs attacked the baby and only released the child when the family's second dog turned on the animal.

The dog which had attacked the baby dropped the badly injured child on the floor and his traumatised mother Jacqueline snatched him up and raised the alarm.

Ambulances and paramedics raced to the scene in Woodnook Road, Tinshill, after the shocking attack shortly before 1.25pm yesterday.

The attack took place in the living room of Jacqueline and Christopher Eames' semi-detached home where they have lived for several years.

The couple have a five-year-old son call Ben, but it is not known whether he was present when his baby brother was attacked by the dog.

Destroyed

After the horrific incident both dogs were removed by council dog wardens and the dog which attacked the baby was to be destroyed at the mother's request, said a police spokesman.

Police inquiries led by Det Supt Ian Levitt and Det Insp Chris Rowley of Weetwood CID were continuing to establish the circumstances.

Last night the bereaved couple and their surviving son were being supported by a network of close relatives along with police liaison officers and were not at the family home.

Stunned neighbours standing at their garden gates in the heat of the evening were almost unable to comprehend Liam' shocking death.

One resident said they understood the boys' father worked in the motor trade. Others described seeing the mother walking one of the dogs.

Today a local girl, Kelly Young, who said she had tried to help save Liam's life sent a message via the Yorkshire Evening Post to Liam's parents. "I was present on the property and did my best to keep Liam alive until the paramedics arrived. I am so sorry that I could not do any more to help but I did what I could."

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