A man was arrested in Britain today on suspicion of manslaughter after a one-year-old girl was attacked and killed by a dog.
Police were called to a house in Cotton Walk, Broadfield, Crawley, West Sussex, at just after midday after receiving reports that the child had suffered head injuries and was unconscious.
The girl was rushed to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, Surrey, but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, according to a Sussex police spokesman.
Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles said: “It is very early in the investigation but we are trying to establish how this tragedy occurred.
“The dog is being securely held by Sussex Police.”
The arrested man, aged 32, is the uncle of the victim who was 18 months old, according to police.
The girl was at the address, where she lives, with her grandmother, mother and three-year-old sister when the incident happened.
The uncle was not at the property when the attack happened but was arrested when he arrived shortly afterwards, a Sussex police spokeswoman said.
The police spokesman added that the incident happened in the kitchen of the property.
DCI Bowles said the dog involved was believed to be a mastiff type.