Three-year-old boy dies after being mauled by dog
A boy who died after being bitten by a dog was three years old, police said.
The youngster was mauled at a property in a suburban street in Halstead, Essex, at 5.40pm on Thursday.
He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but later died.
A 29-year-old woman has been arrested for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring a person, Essex Police said.
The dog has been seized by officers and placed in kennels.
The child was attacked at a property in Parker Way in the town.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "The boy, who is aged three, was taken to hospital, where he sadly died from his injuries."
The breed of the dog has yet to be established, he added.
The East of England Ambulance Service said an air ambulance was called to the scene, along with two rapid response vehicles, paramedics and an ambulance.
A spokesman said: "At the scene, a young child was treated for life-threatening injuries before being airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital (in Cambridge).
"Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the child has died. Our thoughts are with the family involved at this time."
The young boy's death comes just days after a 52-year-old man was attacked and killed by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns that it was dangerous.
David Ellam was out walking with his Yorkshire terrier close to his home in Huddersfield on Monday when he was attacked by another dog. He later died in hospital.
West Yorkshire Police said the animal had been seized by police following a visit by a dog warden in June, but had been returned to its owner on August 8 after it was determined that it was not a banned breed.