The dog who mauled a 12-day-old baby to death was a Chow Chow crossbreed named Teddy who attacked him after ‘jumping his garden pen’.
Tiny newborn Elon was set upon on Sunday at his £100,000 home in the village of Woodlands, Doncaster.
The dog had been outside the property fenced in when it suddenly jumped free and attacked the small child.
He was fought off and 999 crews called took him to hospital for treatment but despite doctors’ best efforts he could not be saved.
His mother Abigail Ellis, 27, and her fiancé Stephen Joynes, 35, were later arrested by officers probing the tragic death.
Liverpool FC fan Joynes is the father of Elon, but not Ellis’s older three children.
Both were detained on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and have now been bailed, pending further inquiries.
The dog has been taken by South Yorkshire Police and it is believed it will be destroyed.
Ellis’s brother Keith said Teddy jumped out of a pen in the garden that it was being kept in.
He said it was the third tragedy to beset Abigail in recent years, after she lost her dad and partner in the same house.
Mr Ellis said said: ‘She has been through so much, she needs time to grieve.
‘She has lost her dad, her partner and now her son in that house.
‘The dog wasn’t in the house at the time, it was being kept in a pen in the garden.
‘He was such a big fluffy dog, he was like a teddy bear. His name was even Teddy.
‘You just wouldn’t expect it to do anything like that. He’s a big soft dog.’
Mother Abigail Ellis with baby Elon just days before the tragedy unfolded at in Doncaster
Both Stephen Joynes, 35, and Abigail Ellis, 27, have been arrested after the tragic death
Chow Chow cross Teddy is seen on the left next to another dog in a picture taken last year
Two of the family’s dogs are seen playing in a social media picture from last year
Abigail Ellis’s brother Keith places flowers at the family home earlier today
A neighbour said Ellis’s partner Joel had died around 18 months ago.
Since then, she had struggled to come to terms with her loss, but was ‘overjoyed’ to be have been expecting a new baby.
Thee friend, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘Abi was a great mum, they never had much money but those kids never went without.
‘Her older children were so well behaved. I knew she was pregnant again but I didn’t know she had the baby until I heard all the commotion on Sunday evening and found out that he had tragically died.
‘She always did her best by her other children and losing her partner hit her hard. ‘It really affected her, they were so happy together and so close. It is such a tragedy.’
Samantha Foulds, who claims to be a close friend of the pair, also posted to Facebook: ‘I know these people well and I tell you it’s nothing more than a tragedy.
‘You have no idea what that family have gone through.
‘RIP little one, my love to you both and little ones at this heart wrenching time.’
The baby was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after the attack in the village of Woodlands on Sunday – but he tragically died a short time later.
Sally Hooley, who saw the dog being taken away by police, said, according to
‘The dog was strong enough to be dragging three officers into the road. It’s so, so sad.’
South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property (pictured centre) in the village of Woodlands in Doncaster on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked
‘It looked like a big fluffy harmless dog. At the end of the day the parents will never get over the loss of their child.’
South Yorkshire Police rushed to a property in Woodlands at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon following reports that a child had been attacked.
The baby was rushed to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after being bitten by the dog but died a short time later.
Both parents have been bailed pending further inquires.
A police spokesman said police were called to an address around 3.30pm on Sunday following reports that a dog had attacked a child.
‘On arrival at the property, emergency services discovered a 12-day-old baby boy had been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries.
‘The child was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.
Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten
‘A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. They have now been bailed while enquiries continue.’
The dog has been removed from the address, the force added.
Floral tributes have also been left outside the Doncaster property where the child was bitten.
A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘I saw at least three police cars turn up, there was just lots of commotion, and more turned up.
‘Then someone came for the dog in a van and I saw forensic officers taking pictures of the scene.
‘That was when I knew it was serious.’
The neighbour said that they didn’t know the breed of the dog but that it was ‘very big’ and ‘not something you’d want around small children’.
They also said that the dog had a habit of running into other people’s gardens.