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Three-year-old boy dies after being attacked by dog in Essex

A 29-year-old woman was arrested.

A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY has died after being attacked by a dog in Essex in England.

Essex Police released a statement today saying they are investigating the death.

Dexter Neal, from Ronald Road in Halstead, sustained injuries after being bitten by a dog in a property at around 5.40pm yesterday. He died in hospital later that evening.

Police said a 29-year-old woman from Halstead was arrested for “allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control, injuring a person”.

She has since been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until 19 October.

The dog, an American bulldog, has been seized by police and placed in kennels.

Family liaison officers have been deployed to support the family.

‘So sad’

Shirley Diver, mayor of Halstead, told BBC News local people are in shock.

It’s dreadful news, it really is. I’ve had dogs all my life and I don’t think you can ever trust a dog 100% with any child.

“It’s so sad. I feel so sadly for the family who are involved. Words can’t express how it affects anybody. The whole town is in shock.”

- with reporting by Órla Ryan

Read: ’We’re devastated’: Man dies after being attacked by dog in England

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