First picture of baby mauled to death by new family dog ​​as neighbor gave CPR


This is the first picture of a baby girl who was mauled to death by her family’s new pet dog – as her young neighbour, who wants to become an NHS paramedic, tried in vain to save her life.

17-months-old baby, Bella-Rae Birch, was attacked yesterday in her house but didn’t survive the attack from the dog, which has now been destroyed.

Neighbor Jordan, who is hopeful of going to university in September to train to be a paramedic, rushed over to help when she heard screams.

She said: “I gave CPR to the baby. My head is a mess. I heard them screaming for help and I ran over. The parents were hysterical.

“I’ve lived here for eight years but I’ve never spoken to them before.”

17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch didn't survive the dog attack she suffered yesterday
17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch didn’t survive the dog attack she suffered yesterday

Jordan, who lives on a road close to Bidston Avenue, said the baby’s “devastated” mother Treysharn Bates was “crying hysterically” outside the house moments after yesterday’s horror attack.

Police were called at around 3.50pm following reports that a child had been attacked by a dog at an address in Blackbrook, St Helens, according to Mirror Online.

Emergency services attended and the child was taken to hospital where she sadly died as a result of her injuries.

The dog was handed over to the police at the address and has been humanely destroyed.

Neighbors said that the family of four had lived at the house for around three years but had only recently purchased the dog.

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One woman described the animal as “stocky” adding that she thought it was a Pitbull or Staffy.

Another neighbour, who only wanted to provide his first name, David, said: “There were absolutely loads of police officers, there must have been about 20 police cars and ambulances.

Baby Bella-Rae sadly died from injuries sustained during the dog attack
Baby Bella-Rae sadly died from injuries sustained during the dog attack

“The square was absolutely swarming with them, I’ve never seen so many police in my life.

“I was just in shock when I heard a baby had been attacked by a dog. I believe the dog was tranquilized in the house with a dart gun.”

Other neighbors reported seeing the animal brought out with a metal collar and rod by police officers.

Another neighbor who did not want to be named saw the “horrific” attack unfold.

He described the family as “lovely” and said the parents endowed on their “beautiful” daughter.

He said: “They are absolutely devoted to their kids, they do everything with them, they’re always together. It’s horrible. I can’t even speak about it.”

Jordan, who helped to try and save the little girl has even had to provide CCTV of the horrific incident.

After rewatching the scene on her CCTV, she said she had “realized” the trauma of the evening.

She added: “Everybody was in shock.”

The town’s Labor MP Conor McGinn said: “The close-knit community in Blackbrook and across St Helens are in deep shock after yesterday’s tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the little girl’s family, who are devastated. I know everyone locally will respect their request for privacy as they grieve.”

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The dog will be subject to further forensic examinations to determine the breed of dog and whether it is or isn’t a legal breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).

Detective Inspector Lisa Milligan said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the child’s family at this devastating time. The little girl’s parents and wider family are absolutely devastated and our specialist Family Liaison Officers are providing them with support at this horrendous time.

“While we are in the very early stages of the investigation into this extremely tragic incident we can confirm that the dog was only bought by the family a week ago and officers are working to identify the previous owners of the dog concerned and establish its history.

Police were pictured outside of the family home this morning as they continue their investigations
Police were pictured outside of the family home this morning as they continue their investigations

“Our officers will remain on Bidston Avenue this evening and in the coming days to provide reassurance to the local community and we will work tirelessly to establish the full circumstances.

“If you were in the Bidston Avenue area this afternoon and witnessed anything, or have any information about the dog in question then please come forward speak to one of our officers.

“Our officers take the issue of dangerous dogs very seriously. Over the past years we have worked proactively with the five local authorities in Merseyside to ensure prohibited dogs are taken off the streets.“

Anyone with any information is asked to contact us via our social media desk @MerPolCC or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, with reference 22000196837.

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Alternatively, you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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