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Dogs attacked baby as gran slept

Jaden Mack
Jaden Mack was "loved by all his family and friends"

A baby mauled to death by two pet dogs was attacked after his grandmother fell asleep, an inquest has heard.

Three-and-a-half month old Jaden Joseph Mack was fatally injured by a Jack Russell and Staffordshire bull terrier, who grabbed him from a table.

Outside the court in Merthyr Tydfil, a police officer said Jaden's grandmother put him on a pillow on a table at her home near Caerphilly, on 6 February.

The dogs were destroyed after Jaden's death. The inquest was adjourned.

The child was pronounced dead at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Det Ch Insp John Williams of Gwent Police told the coroner: "His grandmother placed him on a dining table, as had happened before with the agreement of his parents, within the front living-dining room.

"She would appear to have dropped off to sleep and upon waking found Jaden had been taken from the table, apparently by the two dogs, and sustained serious injuries."

Flowers and a toy outside the house where Jaden was attacked
Tributes were left outside the house in Ystrad Mynach

Pathologist Dr Derek James has carried out a post mortem examination and his preliminary conclusion was that Jaden's death was consistent with an attack by both dogs.

Jaden had stayed at his grandmother's house in Commercial Street on previous occasions while his parents went out for the night, Bridgend and Glamorgan valleys coroner Peter Maddox was told.

Speaking after the inquest at Merthyr Tydfil Law Courts, Det Ch Insp Williams said the baby was lying on a large pillow on the dining table when the dogs took him.

Jaden had been placed there temporarily, and would not have stayed there all night, he added.

The boy's family have urged others to learn from their tragedy.

In a statement released after Jaden's death, they said: "We would like to stress to all families with young children and pet dogs that, no matter how much trust you have in your dog, something like this is always possible.

"We never thought it could happen to us, but we are now grieving the loss of our 'little man' who will always be in our hearts and loved very much by all of his family and friends."

Gwent Police officers conducted a forensic examination of Jaden's grandmother's home, but there is no criminal investigation.

His grandmother, named locally as Denise Wilson, was treated for shock in hospital.

Neither she nor Jaden's parents, named locally as Chris and Alexandra, attended Friday's hearing.

The coroner adjourned the inquest and said he was now transferring jurisdiction to the Gwent coroner, David Bowen, while further inquiries were carried out by Gwent Police.

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