One-month-old mauled to death by family dogs that were 'jealous' of the new addition to the family
The infant, Reuben McNulty, was rushed to the hospital for treatment of 'life-threatening' injuries after the attack last month but succumbed to his wounds this past week
A newborn baby who was severely mauled by his parents' two Staffordshire Bull Terriers has succumbed to his injuries in the hospital almost a month after the attack. The Cambridgeshire Police announced that Reuben McNulty, just a little under a month old at the time of the vicious attack, has passed away.
According to the Daily Mail, the attack took place in the early hours of Sunday, November 18, in a cul-de-sac in the village of Yaxley, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire near the home of the infant's parents 31-year-old Dan McNulty and 28-year-old Amy Litchfield. The two bull terriers, Fizzy and Dotty, have since been euthanized.
The Cambridgeshire Police said they had been called to the residence at around 1:47 am in the morning that Sunday. A spokesman for the force stated at the time that the one-month-old child was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital for initial treatment before then being transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with "life-threatening" injuries.
"A 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from Yaxley, were arrested on suspicion of child neglect and have been bailed until December 15," he had said. "Two dogs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, were taken from the property and are in police kennels. Police remain at the scene and an investigation has been launched."
Detectives said the child's death was not being treated as suspicious, with Litchfield's father, Peter, insisting that it was a "freak accident." He defended the couple, saying, "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. If they were horrible parents, they wouldn't be sitting with that young lad now."
But according to the testimony of some of those who live around McNulty and Litchfield, both dogs were "vicious." They said they had warned the parents against letting them near their newborn child, with one neighbor recalling, "He (Dan) was showing people his new baby because he was so proud of it. When he showed me the pictures, I said 'Be careful, because those dogs might not be used to the baby.' I know what dogs are like when they get jealous. He said 'I will do. Me and Amy were thinking about that anyway.'"
Another neighbor similarly said, "I have seen those dogs before and they are vicious and will show their teeth at anyone," adding he was woken up by the sound of police sirens on November 18 and that he saw both McNulty and Litchfield being led away in handcuffs.
A new statement from the police released after the death of the infant confirmed that the dogs had been put down and the parents had been released. "Both of the dogs have been destroyed," the statement read. "A 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from Yaxley, who were arrested on suspicion of child neglect, have been released under investigation."