Mother of six-month-old admits owning the dog that killed her daughter at their Daventry home

Claire Riley at Northampton Crown Court for a previous hearing. Photos by SWNS.

Claire Riley at Northampton Crown Court for a previous hearing. Photos by SWNS.

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The mother of a six-month-old girl who died after being attacked by a pet dog has pleaded guilty in court to owning the animal.

Claire Riley, now of Merrydale Square in Northampton, changed her plea at Northampton Crown Court this morning.

Susan Aucott arriving at court for a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.

Susan Aucott arriving at court for a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.

She admitted owning the dog – called Bruiser – which while out of control on October 3 2014 at their address in Morning Star Road, Daventry, attacked tiny Molly-Mae Wotherspoon. Molly-Mae died later from her injuries.

Riley had previously denied the charge.

Molly’s grandmother Susan Aucott, of Alfred Street, Northampton has previously admitted to being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

The two are likely to be sentenced together at a later date, yet to be set.

Claire Riley appearing at Northampton Crown Court for a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.

Claire Riley appearing at Northampton Crown Court for a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.

Police were called to the three-bedroom house on the Timken estate on the evening of Friday October 3.

Officers and paramedics who attended the incident tried to resuscitate Molly-Mae, but she was confirmed dead at Northampton General Hospital.

Susan Aucott outside Northampton Crown Court after a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.

Susan Aucott outside Northampton Crown Court after a previous hearing. Photo by SWNS.