A woman has received a 12 month suspended prison sentence following the death of a child who was attacked by a dog in Halstead.
Three year-old Dexter Neal was bitten by an American Bulldog at an address in Parker Way, Halstead, at around 5.40pm on Thursday, August 18, 2016.
Emergency services were called and Dexter was taken to hospital but sadly died from his injuries.
Jade Dunne, 29, of Colchester, formerly of Parker Way, Halstead, was arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control injuring a person.
The dog, which was called Ruby, was seized by police.
It has since been destroyed.
On Saturday, February 25, Dunne was charged with owning a dog dangerously out of control resulting in death.
Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 18, Dunne pleaded guilty to the charge.
Today (Tuesday, May 16), at Chelmsford Crown Court, she was banned from keeping a dog for 10 years and was ordered to complete 100 hours community work and a 15 day rehabilitation programme.
Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: “This has been a challenging investigation particularly for Dexter’s family and the community which have supported them through this difficult time. I want to praise them for the courage and dignity they have shown.
“I am pleased that Jade Dunne has admitted her guilt, preventing Dexter’s family from having to re-live the incident through a trial.
“Dexter’s family will never forget him, and no sentence could ever take away the pain they have suffered.
I only hope this sentencing will allow them to start moving forward and I would urge members of the media to respect their privacy and allow them to do so.”