Father of savagely bitten newborn says bull terriers 'are my babies too'
It surfaced that this was the answer the 31-year-old father of Reuben McNulty, the newborn that was attacked by the family Staffordshire Bull Terrier, gave when warned of the danger of having it around the baby.
While the less-than-a-month-old remains in critical condition at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK, as a consequence of the November 18 incident, the boy’s parents are the subjects of controversy.
According to a neighbor who chose to stay unidentified, Dan McNulty dismissed the warning regarding the two dogs they kept in the household, not long before one of them badly injured Reuben, Mirror reported.
28-year-old Amy Litchfield gave birth to Reuben just weeks ago, never imagining that the baby’s life was at risk with her beloved Fizz and Dotty around him. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
THEY WERE WARNED
“When Amy was pregnant I said to Dan, ‘What are you going to do about the dogs?’ He told me, ‘The dogs are our babies’.”
-Anonymous neighbor, Daily Mirror, November 20, 2018.
As can be seen in Amy’s social media, the dogs are very loved by the couple and they used to spend most of their time very close to their owners, and never caused any trouble, but the neighbors were not as fond of the two pets.
"If they were horrible parents they wouldn't be sitting with that young lad now. People need to realize there's always two sides to the story.”
A man who lives across the street from the family’s flat also expressed his concerns to Dan and Amy as soon as they brought their baby from the hospital after he was born.
“When he showed me the pictures, I said be careful because those dogs might not be used to the baby,” the neighbor told Daily Mail.
“I know what dogs are like when they get jealous. He said he would. He said, 'Me and Amy were thinking about that anyway'. I can't work out what happened,” the man added.
THE FAMILY IS DEVASTATED
The newborn’s parents are staying by Reuben’s side without interruption after being released by the police on bail.
Cambridgeshire Police arrested Dan and Amy on suspicion of child neglect after the attack was reported to the authorities, but the case is subject of an ongoing investigation.
The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in the family home in Yaxley.
"The kid is not good, bless him. Even the parents are in a bad way. They're in bits, they're devastated,” the baby’s grandfather Paul Litchfield told The Sun outside the residence.
Paul also defended his daughter and his son-in-law from people who have portrayed them as “horrible parents” and called the entire thing a “big freak accident.”
"If they were horrible parents they wouldn't be sitting with that young lad now. People need to realize there's always two sides to the story,” he said.
7-month-old Khloe Williams died on October 5 due to the injuries she suffered when a dog owned by her foster father’s parents attacked her. It happened in Clearwater, Florida, where the police are investigating the case.
Williams had been placed in foster care in May since her mother, Shavon Grossman, didn’t have a permanent residence. Now, Grossman is demanding justice.
“I want someone held accountable because I do not want this to happen to another baby,” Grossman told CBS.