A dog who mauled a newborn baby to death was strong enough to drag three police officers into the street, a witness has reportedly claimed.
The onlooker said police struggled to get the killer mutt away from the scene after it savaged the tragic 12-day-old tot, who later died of his injuries in hospital after the horror attack in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the Mirror reports.
A 35-year-old man and a woman aged 27 have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter following the incident on Sunday afternoon.
Floral tributes have been pinned to the gates of the house where the baby died.
Witness Sally Hooley said: "I drove by as the police were removing the dog.
"The dog was a big fluffy golden dog, it looked harmless at first glance.
"I couldn't tell you the breed but three police officers were struggling to hold it to get it into the dog van.
"The dog was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road. It's so, so sad.
"No one knows the facts yet apart from a beautiful baby has died."
The baby was attacked in the Woodlands area of Doncaster on Sunday afternoon.
The house stood empty with its curtains drawn while a police liaison officer at a neighbouring property advised the family were too upset to speak.
Neighbours were shocked by the baby's death.
One claimed it was a double tragedy for the mum of the child after she lost her long-term partner and the father to her three other children to sepsis around 18 months ago.
The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "It is heartbreaking, it's just shocking. It's a tragedy upon a tragedy.
"They just looked like such a lovely family, they were always together and always happy."
Local residents said they did not know what breed the dog was, but said it was "big and furry".
They said the older children – two boys and the youngest, a girl – were "lovely and polite" and "well cared for".
A South Yorkshire Police statement said: "Officers were called to an address around 3.30pm following reports that a dog had attacked a child.
"On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.
"The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.
"A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter."
Both the suspects have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
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