The father of a baby who died after being attacked by his family’s pet is to appear in court accused of neglect and being in charge of a dangerous dog.
Ryan Young, 30, of Falkland Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on Thursday, January 21, in connection with the death of his three-week-old boy Reggie,
The 30-year-old faces a charge of assault, ill-treat or neglect of a child or young person and another of being a person in charge of a dangerous dog which caused the injury and death of Reggie.
He was arrested in the aftermath of the tragedy, which happened in the early hours of Saturday, June 20, at Reggie’s family home in Falkland Road.
The boy was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital after the attack, but despite the best efforts of medics, he was pronounced dead later that morning.
The family’s terrier-style dog was seized and taken to kennels as part of the investigation into the infant’s death.
He was simply amazing in his perfection, absolutely gorgeous, a golden little boy who brought a ray of sunshine into your family.Canon Provost Sheila Bamber
Northumbria Police has confirmed the pet has now been put down.
An inquest has already been opened and adjourned by Sunderland Coroner’s court, with a previous hearing told that a Home Office pathologist failed to find the precise cause of death during a post mortem examination.
Hundred’s turned out for Reggie’s funeral at Sunderland Minster, wearing baby blue in tribute to him.
The streets outside became silent as his tiny coffin engraved with his name was carried into the church for the service followed by his mum Maria Blacklin and Ydad Ryan Young.
He was later laid to rest at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.
Canon Provost Sheila Bamber, Durham Diocese’s most senior woman clergy member, led the service.
She told the congregation: “Reggie Simon Richardson Young – names that embed him into your family.
“Richardson after his grandfather, himself a bit of a character in his day, and Reggie was a character in your family right from the first moment.
“He was simply amazing in his perfection, absolutely gorgeous, a golden little boy who brought a ray of sunshine into your family.
“Reggie was a contented baby, easy and alert, smiley, but with a pouty face too – a charmer and a bit of a poser from the word go.”
An appeal was launched by the community to help cover the funeral costs as it came to terms with the shock death.
His family issued thanks to their family and friends for their help and support during “ this very difficult time.”