Woman, 89, killed by Staffies after carer lets her wander into wrong garden

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A carer could face jail after an elderly woman she was looking after was mauled to death by a pair of American Staffordshire terriers.

The 89-year-old managed to get out of bed and find a way into a neighbour’s garden, where the horrifying attack by the two dogs took place.

The carer allegedly realised what had happened only when police called about the attack on Carmen Gorzanelli, which took place in Sassuolo in the province of Modena, Italy, last Tuesday, October 12.

News site Rai reported that the horrifying attack came after Carmen left her house alone and wandered around her neighbourhood before going into a garden just a few metres from her own house.

It is believed the elderly victim had mixed up the two entrances.

The door to the villa's garden was open as a young girl who lives there was waiting for her mum to come home. The young girl tried to warn Carmen that the dogs were in the garden, but Carmen apparently did not hear her warning.

The two dogs then launched themselves at Carmen, mauling her whole body.

The young girl called the emergency services but by the time they arrived Carmen had died of her injuries.

Roberto Neri, Carmen’s son, arrived at the scene just after the incident. Initially unaware who was involved, he called the carer, who allegedly told him his mum was still in bed.

The carer is said to have realised that Carmen had wandered off only when Roberto called again to say the police had urged him to check on her.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage recorded moments before the incident to establish exactly when Carmen left her house and walked into her neighbour's garden.

The carer will face a criminal investigation and possible jail if it’s found that she was negligent.

It isn’t clear if the owner of the two dogs is being investigated.

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