Fundraising campaign set up to pay for funeral of 12-day-old baby killed by family dog

A fundraising campaign has been set up to pay for the funeral of a newborn baby savaged to death by a dog in Doncaster.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 10:14 am

12-day-old Elon was mauled to death by family pet Teddy, a Chow Chow, suffering horrific injuries in the tragic attack at a house in Welfare Road, Woodlands last Sunday.

His parents, Abigail Ellis, 27 and Stephen Joynes, 35, were arrested by police on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. The pair have been bailed while investigations continue.

Now a fundraising campaign has been set up with the aim of raising £2,500 to pay for Elon’s funeral.

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Floral tributes have been left at the house in Welfare Road, Woodlands. (Photo: SWNS).

The GoFundMe page, organised by Cheryl Scott, has so far raised just over £450.

A post on the page reads: “As most of Doncaster now know, a tragic accident happened in the Woodlands area which resulted in a 12 day old baby boy losing his life in the most unbearable way possible.

"It would be nice to raise as much funding as is possible in such a sad and traumatic, unforeseen situation.

"This will help the immediate family with the funeral expenses and take away the pressure that baby Elon’s parents are feeling right now.

"Elon deserves the best send off possible and we are grateful for all donations even if it’s just a small gesture of a £1, it all helps.

"Elon touched the hearts of so many people in his very short time with us. His tragic accident has devastated the whole community. Please let’s give this little angel the send off he deserves.”Emergency services were called to the family home at around 3.30pm last Sunday.

It is understood that the dog had escaped from a pen in the back garden and bounded into the house, snatching Elon in its jaws.

An ambulance rushed the tot to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but he died a short time later from his injuries.

The dog was seized by South Yorkshire Police officers although there are conflicting reports on whether the animal has been destroyed or is being kept in kennels while police investigations into the tragedy continue.

A number of floral tributes have been left at the scene.

You can donate to the fundraising appeal HERE