No Further Action To Be Taken Over Baby Reuben`s Dog Attack Death

A newborn baby boy was savaged by a family’s Staffordshire bull terrier at a home in Yaxley, near Peterborough.

Reuben McNulty: No charges over baby's dog attack death
Little Reuben McNulty/Picture credit: BBC

A newborn baby boy was savaged by a family’s Staffordshire bull terrier at a home in Yaxley, near Peterborough.

Reuben McNulty died three weeks after the attack in November 2018. In January 2019 an inquest opening heard the infant sustained a grave brain injury and suffered a renal and gastrointestinal failure.

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Following the tragic incident, the two Staffordshire bull terriers were seized and destroyed. Daniel McNulty and Amy Litchfield who are thought to be the parents of the boy were detained for child neglect.

However, the police have confirmed that no charges will be made in connection with the attack.

A police spokesman said: “After extensive joint working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Cambridgeshire Constabulary the 30-year-old woman and 33-year-old man, both from Yaxley, who were arrested on suspicion of child neglect have been released with no further action to be taken.”

Before the attack, Reuben`s father was reportedly warned by a neighbour about that the dogs weren`t safe around kids and he responded, “these dogs are my babies too”.

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David Heming, Cambridgeshire’s senior coroner said the boy`s injuries were “consistent with a dog attack”. He added that Reuben “suffered catastrophic injuries… as a result of being attacked by his parents’ Staffordshire bull terrier at their home address”.

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