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Police confirm ‘tragic’ death of toddler after dog attack

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Police have confirmed that a toddler critically injured in a dog attack at a Worcestershire home has tragically died. The two-year-old was left with serious injuries after the incident in the hamlet of Egdon, between Peopleton and Worcester, at just after 11am on Monday, March 28.

West Mercia Police said the boy was moved to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for specialist treatment later that evening but said today that he sadly lost his fight despite medical treatment. Superintendent Rebecca Love, local policing commander for South Worcestershire, said this afternoon: “We have been informed this morning that the young boy who was injured in an incident on Monday in Egdon, Worcestershire has sadly passed away.

“Officers responded to a report of a 2-year-old child in cardiac arrest at approximately 11.20am on Monday, March 28. It was quickly established the child had suffered injuries as a result of being bitten by a dog at the address in Worcestershire.

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“The child was transferred from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and despite medical treatment, he has died as a result of his injuries. This is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.”

She went on to say: “Three dogs have been removed from the property and are currently being housed securely. I am unable to confirm the breed of the dogs at this time, but we do not believe they are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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“An investigation continues, and I would ask for your respect for the family’s privacy at this very distressing time.”

After the incident, the boy’s relatives began to transport him to hospital themselves from the remote countryside area where they live, but were told to stop and meet paramedics at Worcester Countryside Centre instead, on the advice of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The toddler was then transported from there to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance. West Midlands Ambulance Service said “staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient at the scene and continued with treatment en-route to hospital”.

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