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Woman Charged Over Death Of Boy Killed By Dog
A woman has been charged over the death of a three-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog in Essex.
Jade Dunne, 29, has been charged with owning a dog dangerously out of control that resulted in the death of three-year-old Dexter Neal, Essex Police said.
Dexter died after he was bitten at Dunne's home in Halstead last August.
The dog, an American Bulldog named Ruby, was seized by officers and later destroyed.
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Dunne, of Parker Way, Halstead, has been released on bail to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on March 27th.
Dexter was attacked on the afternoon of August 18th last year.
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