A three-year-old boy has died in a suspected dog attack in Greater Manchester, police said. Officers were called by North West ambulance service after the child was injured in the incident in Rochdale at about 1.15pm on Sunday.
Greater Manchester police (GMP) said the victim was taken by ambulance to hospital but died from his wounds.
No arrests have been made at this stage. The force said it is investigating the incident and previous incidents involving dogs at the address on Carr Lane in Milnrow.
Det Supt Jamie Daniels, of GMP’s Public Protection and Serious Crime Division, said: “This is a tragic, devastating incident, and our thoughts are with the family at this horrendous time. While our inquiries to find out what happened will be thorough and are very much in their infancy, we suspect that this little boy has, sadly, succumbed to injuries received as a result of a dog attack.
“I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned and this news will rock the local community. I can only assure everyone that we will work relentlessly to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy and while we retain an open mind, this is now being dealt with as a criminal investigation.
“There will be a significant police presence in the area. We will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5413, quoting incident 1615 of 15/05/2022.