Police has confirmed that a three-year-old boy, Dexter Neal, was killed in a dog attack at a house in Essex. Neighbours heard Neal screaming as he was rushed to hospital at around 5.40pm on Thursday but he failed to survive the injuries later. Following the incident, police arrested a 29-year-old woman for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and the American bulldog has been seized by police and placed in kennels.
43-year-old Lisa Smith, who also lives in Parker Way, revealed that the family involved in the incident “kept themselves to themselves” and “they’re very private people to be fair. It’s just terrible. I just feel so sorry for them.” The mayor of Halstead Town Council, Shirley Diver, stated that “it is an absolute tragedy, the whole town will be completely shocked and devastated by this,” adding that “it is such a terrible thing to happen anywhere, you just don’t expect it to happen in your town. We are a close-knit community, everybody knows everybody.”
According to the East of England Ambulance Service, it sent two rapid response vehicles, paramedics and an ambulance to the property after an air ambulance was called to the scene. The spokesman stated that “at the scene, a young child was treated for life-threatening injuries before being airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge,” adding that “sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the child has died. Our thoughts are with the family involved at this time.”
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