Police not treating death of baby boy by dog as criminal investigation

The death of a four-month-old baby in England who was mauled by his policewoman aunt's dog is not being treated as a criminal investigation.

Police not treating death of baby boy by dog as criminal investigation

The death of a four-month-old baby in England who was mauled by his policewoman aunt's dog is not being treated as a criminal investigation.

Archie Joe Darby died after being bitten by the pet at a house in Colchester, Essex, on October 13, and his 22-month-old brother, Daniel-Jay, was seriously hurt. The boys' mother suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The owner of the dog is Archie's aunt, who has been named in reports as Clare Ferdinand, 31, a serving Essex Police officer.

The force refused to confirm this, but said: "We are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of this tragic incident. It is not a criminal investigation and it not likely to be in the future.

"Our officers are supporting the family during this horrendously difficult time for them, as is right for police to do so."

The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier-type, was put down with the consent of its owner.

Family handout photo of four-month-old Archie Joe Darby and his 22-month-old brother Daniel.
Family handout photo of four-month-old Archie Joe Darby and his 22-month-old brother Daniel.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox