Leicester

Lexi Branson attack: Inquest opens

Lexi Branson
Image caption Lexi Branson was airlifted to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a four-year-old girl who was mauled by a dog in Leicestershire.

Lexi Branson died after she was attacked by pet dog Mulan at her home in Rowena Court, Mountsorrel, near Loughborough, on Tuesday.

Her mother Jodi Hudson stabbed the dog with a kitchen knife during the attack.

Loughborough Coroner's Court heard the girl was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries but died later.

Senior coroner Trevor Kirkman said inquiries were "continuing into the tragic death of this young girl in circumstances which have been widely reported already".

Det Sgt Kenneth Henry, from Leicestershire Police, told the inquest an investigation was "ongoing" into the girl's death but the force has said it is not a criminal investigation.

A post-mortem examination was being carried out on Thursday.

The family got the dog from a rehoming centre two months ago.

Leicestershire Police said the dog was a bulldog, which was "not a breed listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act".

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