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Uncle charged over dog which killed John Paul Massey

Christian Foulkes
Christian Foulkes was originally arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

The uncle of a four-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a pit-bull in Liverpool has been charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

John Paul Massey was savaged by the animal at his grandmother's house in Wavertree in November 2009.

His uncle Christian Foulkes, 21, was originally arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Merseyside Police said he had been charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous dog.

Grandmother attacked

He also faces one count of breeding a dangerous dog and one count of giving a dangerous dog as a gift.

Mr Foulkes, of Ash Grove, Wavertree, will appear at Liverpool City Magistrates' Court on 27 April.

John Paul Massey
John Paul was staying at his grandmother's house

He has been released on police bail.

John Paul was staying at the home of his grandmother, Helen Foulkes, on Ash Grove when he was attacked by the animal.

Described by neighbours as an "American pit-bull" type, the dog also attacked the 63-year-old as she tried to protect the boy.

Mrs Foulkes suffered bites to her legs but was expected to make a full recovery.

The dog was killed by police marksmen, who shot it twice after John Paul was savaged in the early hours of 30 November.

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