Seven-month-old baby dies after being bitten by family dog at home

Shorncliffe Road street sign
The baby girl was attacked in a family home on Shorncliffe Road on Sunday, police said - Anita Maric/SWNS

A seven-month-old baby girl has died in hospital after being bitten by a pet dog and suffering serious head injuries.

Police officers and paramedics were called to a house in Coventry on Sunday afternoon and arrived within minutes, West Midlands Police said. The baby was treated at the scene and rushed to hospital.

In a statement released on Wednesday, detectives also confirmed the family dog was not from a dangerous breed.

The statement said: “A baby has tragically died after being bitten by a pet dog at a home in Coventry.

“We were called to a property at Shorncliffe Road shortly after 3pm on Sunday. Together with our ambulance colleagues, we arrived within minutes.

“A seven-month-old baby girl had received serious injuries to her head after being bitten by the family’s dog inside the home. She 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, which isn’t classed as a dangerous breed, was removed from the home on Sunday and humanely destroyed. We are in the early stages of our investigation and our enquiries are continuing.”