UK pet owner investigated after dog kills 9-year-old boy

LONDON — A dog owner in Britain is being investigated for manslaughter after her pet mauled to death a 9-year-old boy at an English vacation park.

Police said Sunday the woman has been released but is under investigation for manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control. She has not been identified or charged.

The boy was killed Saturday morning by what police said was a "bulldog-type breed." The animal is being held at a kennel while the investigation proceeds.

The mauling happened at Tencreek Holiday Park, which is 250 miles (400 kilometers) southwest of London on the coast. The park said emergency services were called but the boy, named by police as Frankie Macritchie of Plymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police initially said the boy was 10 but later corrected that to 9 years old.

Must Read

"La La Land" leads race for British Academy Film...

Jan 10, 2017

Perky, pastel-hued jazz musical "La La Land" leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards,...

London air pollution 'very high'; heavy fog...

Jan 23, 2017

Cold, still weather in London prompted the mayor to issue a "very high" air pollution alert for the...

Longtime British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman...

Jan 25, 2017

The top editor at British Vogue plans to step down after a quarter century at the helm of the...

The royal scoop: Documents from King George III...

Jan 28, 2017

An enormous cache of historical documents from Britain's royal archives detailing the reign of King...

'A truly magnificent talent:' actor John Hurt...

Jan 28, 2017

As a self-described "old drunk," the actor John Hurt nonetheless had a half-century career...

Sign up now!