Baby dies after rottweiler attack

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A one-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog at a relative's home, police said last night.

The boy was in the yard of the home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, when the family pet, a rottweiler, launched the attack yesterday afternoon.

He was taken to Pinderfields General Hospital with serious injuries but died later in the evening.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said they received an emergency call at 3.29pm.

He said: "Police officers attended and the dog was destroyed in order to ensure the safety of others at the address."

The boy's family was being supported by specially-trained officers, he added.

Police said they would not yet disclose the address where the attack happened because investigations are continuing.