KEY POINTS

  • The incident took place at a home in a town in Yorkshire, England
  • The 12-day-old baby was rushed to the hospital after the dog attacked him
  • The father and mother of the child were arrested but were later released on bail

In a horrific incident, a newborn baby was mauled to death by the family's dog. The incident took place Sept. 13 at a home in Doncaster, a town in Yorkshire, northern England.

Details about the attack came to light during an inquest over the death of the child, identified as Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes. Doncaster Coroner's Court heard Thursday the child's mother Abigail Ellis, 27, was in the toilet when Teddy, their Chow Chow-cross, escaped from a garden pen, BBC reported.

The child's father, Stephen Joynes, 35, was outside playing with their other kid when the incident took place.

Ellis came out of the toilet to find her 12-day-old son "bleeding from his leg or his stomach." She frantically rang 999 and the child was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

"She stated that her son, Elon, was breathing, but was really poorly," Coroners officer David Copley said, according to the BBC. "He was bleeding from his leg or his tummy, she thought that one of the dogs had bitten Elon... She had been on the toilet and her partner Stephen was outside with another child and came running in."

Ellis and Joynes were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the attack and were released on bail. The inquest hearing was not attended by any family member. Senior Coroner Nicola Mundy released Elon's body to allow a funeral to take place, The Sun reported. 

"I am aware that there is an ongoing investigation and I adjourn this inquest until matters are investigated," Mundy said.

The dog had been taken from the home following the attack and will remain in a kennel until inquiries were completed. The fate of the dog remains unknown. 

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