The funeral of a three-week- old baby who died after being bitten by his family’s pet dog will take place next week.
Reggie Young was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital after being attacked in the early hours of Saturday, June 20, at his parents’ home in Falklands Road, Ford Estate.
Despite the best efforts of medics, he was pronounced dead at 7.20am at the Royal.
Reggie’s funeral will be held at Sunderland Minster, in the city centre, at 12.15pm on Tuesday, July 7, followed by interment at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.
As part of the funeral notice, Reggie’s parents Maria and Ryan said they “wish to take this opportunity to thank family and friends for their help and support shown during this very difficult time, our thanks to you all”.
Reggie’s great-grandfather Richard Blacklin, 84, told the Echo last week he had suffered double heartache.
Mr Blacklin, the grandfather of Reggie’s mum Maria, had lost his wife Alice just hours before Reggie died.
Maria had been to see family after her grandmother’s death and returned home to the horrific news.
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.
Anyone wishing to light a candle in memory of the baby should go www.tony-clarke.com.
A man aged 30 remains on police bail after being arrested in connection with Reggie’s death.
After the incident the dog, a small terrier, was taken to a secure kennels by police.