Two people have been arrested in the UK after a dog abused a newborn baby over the weekend in a town in Yorkshire, the north of England, authorities said.
The infant, who was identified by police as a 12-day-old boy, was taken to a local Doncaster hospital after the attack, where he died shortly after arrival due to serious injuries, South Yorkshire police said, The Sun reported.
A man and a woman were arrested in connection with the attack on Sunday afternoon.
“A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated negligent homicide,” police said, according to the dispatch.
They have both since been rescued while investigations take place.
Aid workers were called to the home on Welfare Road, Woodlands, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after reports of a dog attack, the outlet reported, citing police.
“Upon arrival at the property, rescue services discovered that a baby who was 1
A particular breed was not revealed by police, but it has been confirmed that the dog was a crossbreed.
Authorities said the animal was removed from the address but did not say whether it will or has already been killed.
According to the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Center, NHS Digital, more than 23,000 people have been hospitalized in the last three years after a dog attack. With people under the age of 18, they make up about 21 percent of the total cases.
The Royal College of Surgeons said on its website a reminder to dog lovers to exercise caution because dogs sometimes bite.
“Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen an increase in the number of hundred-related injuries I deal with,” said a Manchester professor who often treats hundred-related injuries. “The injuries range from quite minor to life-changing. Across the UK, 23,078 admissions over the last three years are a strain on health care and are becoming a public health problem. ”
“It is worth remembering that even smaller, less frightening breeds, such as those that have become more popular, are still capable of causing significant harm, especially babies,” the professor continued. “While it is reassuring that children and young people are not disproportionately preoccupied with dog-related injuries, the impact that dog bites have on babies can be fatal, and that is of course very worrying.”