Mum on the toilet and dad outside as dog mauled 12-day-old baby to death, inquest hears

A family's pet dog mauled a newborn baby to death while his mother was on the toilet and his father was outside with another child, an inquest has heard.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 11:09 am

Tragic tot Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes was only 12 days old when he is believed to have been savagely bitten by his family's Chow Chow-cross called Teddy on Sunday, September 13 at a house in Woodlands.

She told the 999 call handler that Elon was breathing, but was "really poorly" and was "bleeding from his leg or his stomach".

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Flowers were left outside the home following the tragedy. (Photo: SWNS).

David Copley, coroner's officer, told the court: "At 15.04 on Sunday, September 13, a call was made to South Yorkshire Ambulance by Abigail Ellis.

"She stated that her son, Elon, was breathing, but was really poorly.

"He was bleeding from his leg or his tummy, she thought that one of the dogs had bitten Elon.

"She had been on the toilet and her partner Stephen was outside with another child and came running in.

"Officers attended and Stephen Joynes identified Elon to police officers."

Tragic Elon, born on September 1, was rushed to hospital from the house in Welfare Road but was pronounced dead a short time later.

No family members were present during the brief hearing and senior coroner Nicola Mundy released Elon's body so that a funeral can take place.

She said: "I want to release Elon for the purposes of a funeral to proceed.

"I am aware that there is an ongoing investigation and I adjourn this inquest until matters are investigated."

Prior to the inquest, police said the tot had suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog and died a short time later in hospital.

A police spokesman said that the dog was removed from the address and will remain in secure kennels until the force's inquiries have been completed.

Elon was the third generation of Abigail's family to die in the house in recent years, after she lost her father and previous partner.

Abigail and Stephen were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the incident.

Both have been bailed pending further inquiries.