Cause of Sunderland dog attack baby Reggie’s death yet to be established – inquest hears

Reggie Young.
Reggie Young.
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A post-mortem has failed to find the precise cause of Sunderland baby Reggie Young’s death after he was bitten by the family dog, and inquest heard.

The 20-day-old infant was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment after he was attacked at his home in Falklands Road early on Saturday.

I am satisfied that it is reasonable to suspect that Reggie died from a cause that is not natural

Senior Coroner Derek Winter

This afternoon, at Sunderland Civic Centre, senior coroner Derek Winter opened an inquest into the death of the youngster, whose full name was given as Reggie Simon Richardson Young.

A brief summary of the circumstances of the death was given by coroner’s officer Neville Dixon.

Mr Dixon said the youngster was born on May 31. He was pronounced dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital at 7.20am on June 20.

“Reggie had been taken to hospital from the family home after an incident with the family dog,” he said.

“Despite medical intervention he was pronounced dead.”

Reggie’s body was formally identified by his mother, Maria Blacklin, the inquest heard.

A post-mortem was carried out by Home Office pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton. However, the precise cause of death has yet to be established.

Mr Dixon said a full report will be prepared for Mr Winter in due course, pending the ongoing police investigation.

Mr Winter said: “I am satisfied that it is reasonable to suspect that Reggie died from a cause that is not natural.”

The coroner adjourned the inquest until 10am on November 12.

If any further developments come to light before then, a review hearing will be listed, he added.