Police probe into Doncaster newborn baby killed by dog still ongoing nine months on

Police are still probing the death of a newborn baby, killed by a dog in Doncaster nearly nine months ago.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 11:07 am
Flowers were left at the scene of the tragedy in Welfare Road, Woodlands.
Flowers were left at the scene of the tragedy in Welfare Road, Woodlands.

Investigations into the tragedy last September are continuing, a South Yorkshire Police spokesman has confirmed.

Elon-Jase Ellis-Joynes died in hospital on September 13 last year after being attacked by family pet Teddy, a Chow Chow crossbreed, at the family’s home in Welfare Road, Woodlands.

The baby’s parents, dad Stephen Joynes, 35, and mum Abigail Ellis, 27, were both arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

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They have both been bailed while investigations into the tragedy continue.

South Yorkshire Police said the dog involved in the tragedy was destroyed several months ago but that the investigation is continuing. No charges have yet been brought.

A private funeral service for 12-day-old Elon-Jase took place on October 2 and an inquest into his death was opened by Doncaster Coroner Nicola Mundy last year.

The inquest hearing was adjourned while the police investigation continues.

Elon, born on September 1, was rushed to hospital from his family home but was pronounced dead a short time later, sparking the police probe.

The dog escaped from a back garden pen and attacked the baby while his father was outside and his mother was on the toilet.

Coroner Mundy said: "I am aware that there is an ongoing investigation and I adjourn this inquest until matters are investigated."

A number of floral tributes were left outside the family home in the aftermath of the attack while friends, relatives and neighbours paid tribute on social media.