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Girl 17-month killed by dog bought by her parents just a week ago

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A 17-month-old baby was killed by a family home dog which was only bought a week ago, police have confirmed.

The young girl died in hospital from her injuries following the attack, leaving the family ‘devastated.’

Emergency services were at the scene. Officers were called to an address in St Helens, Merseyside, at around 3.50pm today.

The force also confirmed that the dog was ‘humanely destroyed’ after it was handed over to police.

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“The dog will be subject to further forensic examinations to determine the breed of dog and whether it is, or isn’t a legal breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991),” Merseyside Police added in a statement.

Officers remain at the scene on Bidston Avenue this evening, carrying out house-to-house enquiries and reaching out for witnesses and CCTV.

Detective Inspector Lisa Milligan said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the child’s family at this devastating time.

“The little girl’s parents and wider family are absolutely devastated and our specialist Family Liaison Officers are providing them with support at this horrendous time.

“Whilst we are in the very early stages of the investigation into this extremely tragic incident we can confirm that the dog was only bought by the family a week ago and officers are working to identify the previous owners of the dog concerned and establish its history.

“Our officers will remain on Bidston Avenue this evening and in the coming days to provide reassurance to the local community and we will work tirelessly to establish the full circumstances.

“If you were in the Bidston Avenue area this afternoon and witnessed anything, or have any information about the dog in question then please come forward speak to one of our officers.”

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