Dog in Sunderland baby death case remains in kennels

Reggie Young.
Reggie Young.
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The dog that bit tragic Sunderland baby Reggie Young has not yet been destroyed, say police.

Three-week-old Reggie was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Saturday, June 20, after being bitten by his family’s small terrier dog in the early hours.

The dog remains in the kennels as part of the investigation.

Northumbria Police spokeswoman

He was pronounced dead at 7.20am on that day at the Royal.

His funeral will be held at Sunderland Minster, in the city centre, at 12.15pm next Tuesday, followed by interment at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.

On the weekend of the tragedy, superintendent Gillian Mitchell, who is leading the investigation into Reggie’s death, said that the dog had been taken from the house to secure kennels.

It was expected to be destroyed, but approaching two weeks on, a spokeswoman says the dog is still alive and at the kennels.

“The dog remains in the kennels as part of the investigation,” she said.

Dozens of heart-rending tributes were left to Reggie outside the home he shared with parents Maria and Ryan and his siblings in Falkland Road, Ford Estate. A fund set up by well-wishers to help pay for funeral costs has so far generated more than £400.

An inquest into Reggie’s death was formally opened at Sunderland Coroner’s Court last week.

The hearing was told that a post-mortem examination had failed to find the precise cause of Reggie’s death.

The case was adjourned until November 12. If any further developments come to light before then, a review hearing will be listed,

A 30-year-old man remains on bail after being arrested in connection with the investigation.