Heartbroken mum was using bathroom as dog mauled baby boy to death
Written by Rother Radio News on 25/09/2020
A heartbroken mum was using the the toilet when the family dog mauled her 12-day-old baby boy to death, an inquest has heard.
Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes was savaged by the chow chow-cross ‘Teddy’ on Sunday, September 13 at his home in Doncaster.
An inquest at Doncaster Coroners Court has heard Elon’s devastated mother, Abigail Ellis, was “on the toilet” when the fatal attack took place.
Coroners officer David Copley told the court Elon’s father Stephen, was outside with another child and came running in as the attack happened, the Daily Mail reports.
Mr Copley told the court: “At 15.04 on Sunday, September 13, a call was made to South Yorkshire Ambulance by Abigail Ellis.
“She stated that her son, Elon, was breathing, but was really poorly.
“He was bleeding from his leg or his tummy, she thought that one of the dogs had bitten Elon.
“She had been on the toilet and her partner Stephen was outside with another child and came running in.
“Officers attended and Stephen Joynes identified Elon to police officers.”
The inquest took place on Thursday and heard that Abigail Ellis had frantically called 999 before Elon was rushed to hospital.
He tragically died a short time later.
Police had previously said he had suffered “serious injuries” after being attacked by a dog and they confirmed he had died later in hospital.
Teddy was removed from the house and police said he will remain in secure kennels until inquiries have been completed.
There were no family members present at the inquest hearing on Thursday but senior coroner Nicola Mundy released Elon’s body so that a funeral could take place.
She said: “I want to release Elon for the purposes of a funeral to proceed. I am aware that there is an ongoing investigation and I adjourn this inquest until matters are investigated.”
Elon’s heartbroken mother had rushed into the street in the Woodlands area of Doncaster, where the family lived, in the moments following the attack.
A neighbour claimed that she was screaming “I will never forgive myself” and described her as being “hysterical”.
Mrs Ellis had also lost her father and her previous partner in recent years.
She and Mr Joynes were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and they have both been bailed pending further inquiries.