South Yorkshire Police said the newborn was identified as a 12-day-old baby, who was taken to the local Doncaster Hospital following the attack, where he died shortly after arriving due to serious injuries.
A man and a woman were taken into custody in connection with the attack on Sunday afternoon.
“A 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested on charges of gross negligence,” the police force said.
During interrogation, both of them were released on bail.
After reports of a dog attack, emergency responders were called to the home on Welfare Road, Woodlands, at around 3:30 pm on Sunday, the outlet cited police.
“Upon arriving at the property, a 12-day-old child was bitten by the dog by the emergency services and received serious injuries,” a police spokesman said.
A specific breed was not revealed by police but it has been confirmed that the dog was crossbred.
Authorities said the animal was removed from the address, but did not say anything about whether it was already euthanasia.
According to the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Center, NHS Digital, more than 23,000 people have been hospitalized in the last three years following the dog attack. About 21 percent of total cases with people under 18 years of age.
The Royal College of Surgeons stated on its website that a warning to caution dog lovers is due, on time, to dog bites.
“Over the years, I’ve seen an increase in the number of dog-related injuries,” said a Manchester professor who often treats dog-related injuries. “Injuries range from minor to life-changing. Across the UK, 23,078 admissions over the past three years are a pressure on healthcare and becoming a public health issue. ”
“It is worth remembering that smaller, less intimidating breeds, such as those that have become more popular, are still capable of causing significant damage, especially to infants” continued the professor. “While it is reassuring that children and young people are not necessarily admitted for dog-related injuries, the impact of dog bites on children can be fatal and certainly, it is of great concern.”