Coventry dog attack victim pictured for first time as police confirm breed that killed baby girl

Elle Doherty smiling in a family photo
-Credit: (Image: West Midlands Police)


Police have released a photo of a seven-month-old baby girl killed in a dog attack at the family home in Coventry. Elle Doherty died after being bitten by the dog on Sunday.

West Midlands Police confirmed today (June 20) that the animal was a Belgian Malinois. They said that there were no criminal circumstances surrounding the incident.

In a statement they said: "Following a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the death of a baby who tragically died after being bitten by a pet dog at a home in Coventry, detectives are now satisfied that there have been no criminal offences. We were called to a property at Shorncliffe Road shortly after 3pm on Sunday. Together with our ambulance colleagues we arrived within minutes.

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"Elle Doherty, aged seven months, had received serious injuries to her head after being bitten by the family's dog inside the home. Elle received treatment at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to hospital for further treatment. Tragically, she died a short time later. Our thoughts remain with her family at this devastating time.

"The pet dog, registered as a Belgian Malinois, was removed from the home on Sunday and humanely destroyed. We have updated Elle's family, and a file is now being prepared for the coroner. Our thoughts remain with the family at this tragic time, and they have now asked to be left to grieve in private."

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