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Inquest into dog attack girl death

An inquest will take place into the death of an 11-month-old girl attacked by a pit bull terrier.

Ava-Jayne Corless died following the incident in Blackburn, Lancashire, on February 11.

Her mother, Chloe King, 21, and Miss King's partner, Lee Wright, 27, were initially arrested on suspicion of manslaughter before they were released by police.

Wright is facing trial next February on a charge he possessed a banned dog in contravention of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

He denies the allegation.

Ava-Jayne was asleep in bed at Wright's home in Emily Street when she was attacked, with Wright and Miss King said to be elsewhere in the property.

Following her daughter's death, Miss King issued a tribute in which she said: "As her mother, I just want the world to know how much I love her, miss her and truly cherished every moment with my little girl.

"I carried her for nine months, almost lost my life bringing her into the world and would do anything to have her back. I love you Twinkle, you are my world."

The hearing at Blackburn King George's Hall is listed for two days.

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