Yaxley dog attack: Five-week-old baby dies after being mauled by family pets in Cambridgeshire

Boy loses battle for life after Staffordshire bull terriers savaged him when he was just two weeks old

Colin Drury
Friday 14 December 2018 12:29
Reuben McNulty, who died in hospital after being attacked by his family's dog
Reuben McNulty, who died in hospital after being attacked by his family's dog

A five-week-old baby has died after being savaged by his family’s two dogs.

Reuben McNulty was left fighting for his life after the Staffordshire bull terriers pounced on him at home in Cambridgeshire last month.

He died in hospital on Thursday, police said.

Paramedics were called to the family house in Wykes Road, Yaxley, following the attack in the early hours of 18 November. The boy, who was just two weeks old at the time, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with severe head injuries and later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he later died.

His parents, Daniel McNulty and Amy Litchfield, are believed to have been questioned by police and released pending further enquiries.

Following the incident, a man at the property who did not want to be identified said: “They’re in bits, they’re devastated.”

Ms Litchfield’s father, Paul, told The Sun it had been a “freak accident”.

Cambridgeshire Police said both of the animals had been destroyed.

A statement from the force said: “A 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from Yaxley, who were arrested on suspicion of child neglect, have been released under investigation.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and has been handed to the coroner.”

Additional reporting by PA

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