Boy, 9, mauled by 100lb American bulldog died of ‘devastating’ injuries after animal attacked his head and neck


A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy who was mauled by a 100lb American bulldog died of “devastating” injuries after being attacked contained in the head and neck, an inquest heard.

Frankie MacRitchie, from Plymouth, was fatally injured when he was attacked by the canine in April 2019.

Frankie MacRitchie died after being attacked by a buddy’s American bull-dog cross
A picture of the dog believed to have mauled Frankie to death
An image of the canine believed to have mauled Frankie to loss of life

The boy had been on journey at Tencreek Holiday Park, Cornwall with his mum, Tawney Willies, and her buddy Sadie Totterdell when the assault befell.

On April 12, Totterdell launched the American bulldog cross Staffordshire bull terrier, known as Winston, to the caravan and that night went out with Willis and completely completely different mates, leaving Frankie alone with the animal.

When Willis returned, she discovered her youthful son mendacity on the kitchen flooring coated in blood and known as emergency suppliers.

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after 5am. They carried out CPR for half-hour however declared Frankie ineffective at 5.35am.

It’s understood the youthful boy was having enjoyable with a pc sport when the assault befell.

Speaking at an inquest into the Frankie’s loss of life, Dr Deborah Cook, a Home Office registered forensic pathologist, talked about he had died from blood loss led to by a amount of canine bites.

“The wounds have the characteristics of dog bites in a mauling type of attack,” she talked about.

“The concentration of the injuries over the head and the neck is in keeping with the recognised behaviour of dogs in attack.”

Frankie suffered 54 hurt wounds to his face, head, neck, chest, as soon as extra, leg and had defensive wounds to his arm prior to bleeding to loss of life.

Asked if Frankie’s blood-thinning medication may have led to additional blood loss, Dr Cook educated the court docket docket docket: “[The attack was] so devastating that any child or grownup would have died from the blood loss.

“Even had this occurred outside a large hospital door, I doubt Frankie could have been saved.”

There has been a approved course of concerning 2 prosecutions.

The court docket docket docket heard Willis and Totterdell had been later prosecuted and jailed.

Totterdell, now 29, was jailed for 3 years inside the same case after admitting being the proprietor of a canine dangerously out of administration inflicting hurt leading to loss of life.

Willis was jailed for 2 years at Truro Crown Court after admitting child neglect.

Frankie’s father Billy, grandmother Pauline Elford, and aunt Danielle who’re current, praised the emergency crews together with the coroner saying: “You brought us some comfort in the darkness by letting us sit with Frankie in his last moments.”

The inquest continues.

The young boy tragically suffered 'devastating' injuries
The youthful boy tragically suffered ‘devastating’ injuries

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