Boy (3) dies after dog bite - woman arrested
A boy has died after being bitten by a dog in Essex.
The child was attacked at a property in Parker Way in the town.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "The boy, who is aged three, was taken to hospital, where he sadly died from his injuries."
The breed of the dog has yet to be established, he added.
Mother-of-five Lisa Smith, 43, who lives in Parker Way, said the family who lived at the address behind the police cordon "kept themselves to themselves" and had not lived in the street as long as her other neighbours.
"They're very private people to be fair," she said. "It's just terrible. I just feel so sorry for them."
The East of England Ambulance Service said an air ambulance was called to the scene, along with two rapid response vehicles, paramedics and an ambulance.
A spokesman said: "At the scene, a young child was treated for life-threatening injuries before being airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital (in Cambridge).
"Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the child has died. Our thoughts are with the family involved at this time."
The young boy's death comes just days after a 52-year-old man was attacked and killed by a dog which had been returned to its owner despite concerns that it was dangerous.
David Ellam was out walking with his Yorkshire terrier close to his home in Huddersfield on Monday when he was attacked by another dog. He later died in hospital.
West Yorkshire Police said the animal had been seized by police following a visit by a dog warden in June, but had been returned to its owner on August 8 after it was determined that it was not a banned breed.