Baby boy mauled to death by parents' Staffordshire Bull Terrier suffered 'catastrophic' brain and internal injuries

THE parents of a two-week-old baby who was mauled to death by one of their Staffordshire bull terriers have been told they will not face charges.

Amy Litchfield and Daniel McNulty were arrested by police after newborn Reuben was savaged at the family home in Yaxley, Cambs.


Reuben suffered "catastrophic injuries" to his head and internal organs in the early hours attack on November 18, 2018.

He died in hospital more than three weeks later on December 13.

His parents were questioned at the time on suspicion of child neglect and released on bail.

Now police have confirmed no one will be prosecuted over his death.

Cambridge Constabulary said officers have been working "extensively" with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The force added: "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."

Their two Staffies – named Fizzy and Dotty – were put down by police a month after the horror mauling.

It is not clear which of the dogs attacked Reuben.

Last year coroner David Heming said little Reuben "suffered catastrophic injuries… as a result of being attacked by his parents' Staffordshire bull terrier at their home address".

He said Reuben died from a traumatic brain injury, with complications of renal failure and gastrointestinal failure.

"All these injuries are consistent with a dog attack," he said.

The coroner added after an inquest in Huntingdon: "The events surrounding the tragic death of Reuben are clearly devastating for his parents and I would like to express my condolences and extend my sympathies towards them."

Two days after the attack, Amy's dad Paul Litchfield defended the couple as "fantastic" parents.

He said: "At the end of the day it's just a big freak accident and everyone's making a big thing of it.

"They've done nothing wrong and the way it's being portrayed at the minute, they're horrible parents.

"They bloody aren't, they've been fantastic."

Amy was said to have doted on her pets and had referred to them on Facebook as her “furr babys".

 

But one neighbour said: "I have seen those dogs before and they are vicious and will show their teeth at anyone."

Another neighbour said: "When Amy was pregnant I said to Dan, ‘What are you going to do about the dogs?’.

"He told me, ‘The dogs are our babies’."

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