A woman has admitted being in control of a bulldog which mauled a three year old boy to death
Jade Dunne, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today after the death of Dexter Neal.
Dexter died when he visited Dunne’s house in August last year and her American bulldog, called Ruby, suddenly bit him in the back of the neck.
The court heard how neighbours and residents of her home in Halstead, Essex, tried to wrestle the lad from the beast’s jaws but to no avail.
Jade Dunne, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge at Colchester Magistrates’ Court
Angela Hughes, prosecuting, described to the court how an air ambulance was called to the scene, and Dexter airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
However due to a severe loss of blood Dexter went into cardiac arrest several times during the flight, “and despite the best efforts of the medical profession, they were unable to save him”.
The lad was visiting Dunne’s house and lived with his parents in a nearby street.
Dexter died after being attacked by Dunne's American bulldog
Dunne, who appeared in court wearing a peach jacket and white top, will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 16.
We now have to learn to continue our lives without our cheeky little boy
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She was granted conditional bail and told not to go to Ronald Road, Halstead, and not to contact prosecution witnesses.
Chairman of the bench Michael Ferrier said: “This offence needs greater punishment than we can give.”
Dunne, who has now moved to Colchester, was released on bail and her dog has been destroyed.
In a statement issued shortly after Dexter’s death his family said: “When Dexter was born our family became complete and we were happier than we could ever have imagined.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court
“Watching him grow into such a happy joyful child made every day a pleasure and we felt honoured to have him in our lives.
“Dexter made everyone smile with his beautiful face and cheeky grin. He was always polite and kind to everybody and all who met him fell in love with him.
“Our lives will never be the same without Dexter, he was the life and soul of our family. Our hearts have been broken and can never be fixed.
“We now have to learn to continue our lives without our cheeky little boy and remember the joy and happiness he brought us in the short time he was allowed to be with us.
The court heard how neighbours and residents tried to wrestle the lad from the beast’s jaws
Speaking hours after the attack neighbours described the horrific scene that unfolded in quiet residential road.
Phyllis Younger, 82, said she will forever be haunted by what she heard.
“To be honest Im glad I didn’t see anything, I don’t think I would have been able to cope with that.
“The screaming went on for a good five minutes. it did seem to go on a bit and then suddenly it stopped.
“It’s all very sad and makes you feel horrible. In the middle of night it is all I could think about, as the trouble is now I know what that scream is, it has haunted me."