NEWS — 04 April 2014

By staff reporter

A six-day-old baby girl has died after the family’s pet dog pulled her from her pram and bit her at home, an inquest has heard.

Eliza-Mae Mullane, from Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, was flown to hospital in Cardiff after the February attack, but doctors could not save her.

A coroner said she suffered a serious head injury and ruled her death as accidental.

Her father said he wanted the potential danger of family dogs highlighted.

Eliza-Mae’s mother Sharon John left her sleeping daughter in her pram in the living room while she put her son in a taxi for school, the hearing heard.

When she came back she found the family’s pet had pushed the door to the room open, and her newborn baby daughter was on the floor.

A post-mortem examination found Eliza-Mae had died from head injuries with internal bleeding.

Coroner Mark Layton said: “Eliza’s mother could not have possibly foreseen this happening.”

The hearing was told the family dogs had never been aggression in the past.

A statement from Eliza-Mae’s father Patrick Mullane said: “I hope Sharon, the children and I can move on from this sadness and recall with joy the short time we spent with Eliza-Mae.

“I hope this inquest will raise public awareness of the potential dangers family dogs can present to very young children.”

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