Dad of Baby Reggie denies cruelty charge after family dog killed infant son in Sunderland

Ryan Young. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Ryan Young. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

The father of a baby killed by the family dog has denied a charge of cruelty.

Three-week-old Reggie Richardson was attacked by the Lakeland terrier in his home in Sunderland.

Baby Reggie.

Baby Reggie.

Ryan Young, 30, denied a charge of cruelty to a person under 16 and of owning a dog which, while dangerously out of control, caused injuries that led to Reggie's death.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court holding a picture of his son, Young sobbed as he sat with his head down in the dock.

Caroline Goodwin, defending, said the family had been left "devastated" by the incident which took place in June.

Judge Robert Adams granted him unconditional bail and said he would return for trial in November.