Police charge mother and grandmother of six-month-old girl killed by dog in Northamptonshire

Morning Star Road
Morning Star Road

Detectives have charged two people, including a woman from Northampton, in connection with the death of a six-month-old baby who was fatally attacked by an illegal dog.

Molly Mae Wotherspoon died following the attack by an American pit bull at an address in Morning Star Road, Daventry, on October 3 last year.

The victim’s mother, Claire Riley, aged 23, has been charged with an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act of being the owner or person in charge of a dog, dangerously out of control, that caused injury to Molly Mae resulting in her death.

She has been bailed to an address in Far Cotton, Northampton, and will appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on September 21.

Molly Mae’s grandmother, 54-year-old Susan Aucott, has been charged with the same offence and bailed to an address in Kettering.

She will also appear before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on the same day.

Supt Andy Cox, head of the county’s operational command unit, said: “This has been a very lengthy and challenging investigation and I would like to thank everyone who has worked on it to ensure that it did finally come to court.

“These incidents are extremely rare and it is the first time in Northamptonshire that someone has been charged with this offence.

“It took some careful consideration from experts within CPS to come up with the final decision which, ultimately, sends out a clear message to the owners of these dogs.

“This incident has had tragic consequences for the family that has not ended with the death of the child.

“The events of that night were also extremely distressing for the police officers and EMAS paramedics who attended the scene and who showed great professionalism in trying to save Molly Mae’s life.”

The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a mandatory “Death or Serious injury incident”.

Northamptonshire Police has made considerable changes to procedures and implemented new policy since this tragic event and, as such, no organisational learning was identified by the IPCC.