Doncaster man and woman due in court after baby boy was mauled to death by dog

A man and woman from Doncaster are due in court today over the death of their baby, who was mauled to death by a dog.

Monday, 7th March 2022, 11:28 am

Steven Joynes and his partner Abigail Ellis are due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court this morning for another hearing over the death of their 12-day-old son, Elon Ellis-Joynes, who was fatally attacked by a Chow Chow crossbreed dog at their home in Doncaster in September 2020.

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They are both charged with being the owner of a dog which caused death when dangerously out of control.

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Flowers were left outside the home of Elon Ellis-Joynes after he was mauled to death by a dog in Doncaster

At a hearing in December, Joynes, 36, of Welfare Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, pleaded guilty.

His 28-year-old partner has denied the charge.

The case is listed ‘for mention’ at court today.

At the previous hearing, Judge Jeremy Richardson bailed both defendants and told Joynes: “All sentencing options, including being sent to prison, remain open. The mere fact you’re on bail reveals nothing.”