Horrific baby mauled to death named as Ava-Jayne Marie Corless

Police in Blackburn have launched an investigation following the death of 11-month-old baby Ava-Jayne Marie Corless.

Police attended the incident at 11pm on the 10th of February 2014 at the request of the ambulance service.

Upon arrival at the scene officers were meet with the traumatic and horrific incident in which Aya-Jayne has been mauled by the pet dog.

Police have confirmed Aya-Jayne was asleep in the upstairs bedroom of the house, Aya-Jayne did not live at this house.

Police have confirmed one of the two people who lived within the property on Emily Street have been arrested.

The two people have been arrest were arrested at the scene of the incident and were arrested on suspicion of child neglect and this morning were re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police Officers and paramedics performed CPR alongside paramedics before she was rushed to hospital were she sadly died.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell has said “This is an absolutely horrific incident in which a baby girl lost her life and we would like to take this opportunity to express my sympathy to the wider family.

“The circumstances of the incident are that at around 11pm on Monday 10th February, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Emily Street following reports that an eleven month old baby girl had been mauled by a pet dog.

“Police officers who attended performed CPR on the baby alongside paramedics before she was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital. Sadly she passed away at hospital a short time later. A Home Office Post Mortem examination will be carried out later today to establish exactly how she died.

“Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries at the scene and investigate the circumstances of what has happened.

“A 26 year old man and a 20 year old woman both been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and manslaughter and are currently in police custody. They will be questioned during the course of the day.

“Family liaison officers have been put in place to offer support to the wider family of the baby.

“Then dog involved was destroyed at the scene – tests will be carried out to establish the exact breed of the dog involved and we are making enquiries into the history of the animal.

“Nobody else was injured during the incident.”