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A nine-year-old boy was mutilated to death by a family friend’s dog after being left alone in a trailer with the seven-stone animal, an investigation has found.
Frankie MacRitchie, of Plymouth, suffered fatal head injuries after being attacked by the American Bulldog Staffordshire bull terrier cross in April 2019.
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Cornwall Coroner’s Court heard the boy was left alone in a trailer with the seven stone dog named Winston, while his mother Tawney Willis drank and took drugs in a nearby trailer.
Frankie MacRitchie was in the caravan at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall with his mother, Tawney Willis, and friend Sadie Totterdell, owner of Winston, in April 2019.
Willis left her son with the dog for two and a half hours while she partied with Totterdell in the adjacent trailer.
The couple got drunk and Willis also admitted to using cocaine, Truro Crown Court has heard before.
The investigation concluded that Frankie had died of blood loss from multiple bites after being left alone with the dog, and had injuries which showed the schoolboy had attempted to fight the animal.
Ms Todderdell had rented the trailer since April 7 for a vacation and on April 11 she was joined by Frankie and her mother.
The next day Ms Totterdell took Winston to the trailer and that night they went to the park’s social club before returning around midnight.
Mrs Willis and Mrs Totterdell joined their friends in a nearby trailer where they continued to drink, leaving Frankie alone in the trailer with Winston.
Friends said Ms Willis left the trailer several times to see how Frankie was doing, but the first time she noticed the crash was when she heard screaming.
Frankie MacRitchie bled to death after sustaining 54 injuries, the most serious to the head and neck, in the attack in the early hours.
After the incident, Winston, who had previously interviewed another boy, was abducted by police and destroyed.
His friend Jordan Pearce said at the hearing: “We were all sitting in our trailer when Tawney came out to check and I could hear something, so I turned the music down and heard nothing.
“We turned the music back on and we heard a scream and she literally ran for the door and that’s when we knew.”
Her partner Cheryl Crocker added, “Tawney came running and screaming. Tawney kept screaming and screaming and needed to find Frankie’s grandmother.
Mr Pearce said that after the attack Ms Totterdell fled the trailer park taking Winston with her.
I remember Sadie coming into our trailer and saying, “What should I do? I will take him and kill him, ”he said.
Mr Pearce said Ms Totterdell had tried to put the dog in her trailer but had “kicked it out” after which she was gone and “no one knew where he had gone”.
Emergency services were alerted just before 5 a.m. on April 13, after Willis returned to the trailer and discovered Frankie lying on the kitchen floor covered in blood.
First responders and paramedics arrived and attempted resuscitation, but Frankie was pronounced dead at 5:35 a.m., the court heard.
Home Office certified medical examiner Dr Deborah Cook said Frankie died of blood loss from multiple dog bites.
“The wounds have the characteristics of dog bites in a type of laceration attack,” he said. “The concentration of injuries above the head and neck is consistent with the recognized behavior of attack dogs.”
Frankie appeared to have suffered some defensive bites, so he may have attempted to fend off the attack, Dr Cook added.
Frankie was born with congenital heart disease and was prescribed warfarin to thin his blood, but this was not a factor in his death.
“The injuries are so devastating and so extensive that anyone, a child or an adult, would have died from the loss of blood,” said Dr Cocinera.
“Even if this had happened outside the door of a large hospital, I doubt Frankie would have survived.”
In June of last year, Willis admitted the child neglect charge and was jailed for two years.
Ms Totterdell was jailed for three years, describing leaving Frankie alone with the “extremely powerful” dog as “the height of madness”. He was also banned from keeping dogs for ten years.
In a statement read out of court in June 2020, Frankie MacRitchie’s family described him as a “special boy” who had