Inquest into death of four-month-old baby savaged by aunt's dog

An inquest is set to hear evidence about the death of a four-month-old baby who was snatched from his mother's arms by the family dog and savaged.

Archie Joe Darby died after he was bitten by the animal at a house in Harwich Road, Colchester, Essex, on October 13.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died of severe head injuries consistent with a dog attack.

His brother Daniel-Jay, who was 22 months old at the time, suffered life-changing injuries, and the boys' mother suffered minor injuries.

The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier-type, was owned by Archie's 31-year-old aunt Clare Ferdinand, a serving Essex Police officer.

The dog was put down with her consent.

The inquest is due to be heard at Essex Coroner's Court in Chelmsford.

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