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Mother sentenced after her baby was mauled to death by a pitbull

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The mother and grandmother of a six month old baby girl who was mauled to death by an American have been jailed.

The dog, named Bruiser, grabbed Molly Mae Wotherspoon by her head, launching a sustained attack from which she died due to blood loss.

The six month old was being looked after by her grandmother Susan Aucott, 56, while her daughter Claire Riley, 23, went out with friends in Daventry in October 2014.

But the dog broke free of its cage in the kitchen, entered the living room, where Molly Mae was on a changing mat, and attacked her.
Aucott, who admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog, was sentenced to two years in prison, while Riley, was also jailed for two years for owning a dangerously out of control dog.

Both women were also both given a ban from keeping dogs for 10 years.

Northampton Crown Court heard how a vet described the dog as ‘one of the most aggressive dogs she had ever seen’.

Prosecuting, James House, said: ‘He was an aggressive and dangerous dog and should not have been left in the house with a person who could not control him.

‘The attack was sustained. Susan Aucott simply was unable to bring Bruiser under control or remove Molly Mae from the situation.’

Aucott said in a statement: ‘Whatever the sentence of the court today, there can be no greater punishment than the loss of my precious, beautiful granddaughter and watching, and experiencing first hand, the deep impact her loss has had on my daughter and all of our family.

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‘There is no doubt in my mind that things could and should have been done differently and lessons have been learnt the hard way. But it is important for the memory of Molly-Mae that these lessons do not stop here. These lessons need to be learned far and wide. Every parent, every dog owner needs to take notice.

‘Please do not let Molly-Mae’s death be in vain. Her death cannot be undone but let her beautiful face and her memory live on by serving as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that could be suffered if these lessons are not learned now.’

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