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4 October 2014, 17:43 | Updated: 4 October 2014, 17:48
A six-month-old baby girl has died after being attacked by a dog.
It happened on Friday night in Daventry Northamptonshire
Police were called to an address at about 10.30pm following reports that a baby, who was in the care of a relative, was being
attacked by a dog.
Officers and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service rushed to the address and attempted to resuscitate the baby who was taken to Northampton General Hospital where she was confirmed dead.
The relative in the home sustained bite wounds during her attempt to intervene and save the baby.
The dog was destroyed at the scene.
Northamptonshire Police say at this stage they cannot confirm the breed of dog and tests will be carried out by experts early next week to
Det Sgt Gary Baker, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a deeply distressing and tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family who have been left devastated by the events of last night.
"Incidents such as these are extremely rare in this country, but that will be of little comfort to the relatives of this tragically young victim.
"The family have requested that they be left to grieve at this difficult time."