THE father of a newborn boy who was bitten to death by the family’s “dangerously out of control” dog has been sentenced to four years in prison today.
The tragic Elon Ellis-Jones was just 12 days old when he was brutally killed by the crossbred Chow-Chow Teddy at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
The tot suffered 40 stab wounds in the horror attack that happened when his mother Abigail Ellis, 28, bit herself on the toilet.
Ms Ellis and her fiancé Steven Joynes, 36, have been accused of owning a dog which caused death while spiraling dangerously out of control following the September 13, 2020 horror.
Joynes initially denied the charges but later pled guilty and accepted full responsibility. He appeared before Sheffield Crown Court for his sentence today.
Ms Ellis pleaded not guilty. A trial scheduled for July was dropped after prosecutors indicated they would seek an acquittal in his case.
A judge heard today that Joynes had moved in with “vulnerable” mother-of-three, Ms Ellis, following the death of her former partner, whom she cared for while ill.
He brought Teddy along after his ex bought the animal as a gift for her daughter in January 2019.
But the court heard it soon became apparent that the mother and daughter “didn’t get along with the dog.”
Richard Thyme QC, prosecutor, said that in the weeks before Elon’s death, neighbor Nathan Hodgkinson had raised the height of his fence to two meters to prevent Teddy from entering his home.
Another child in the household sustained an injury to the right thigh five months before Elon’s death.
During a visit to the family doctor, it was first claimed that he had been bitten by a stray dog. However, further questioning revealed that Teddy was responsible.
On the day Elon died, Mrs Ellis briefly laid her son on the toilet while Joynes played outside with another child.
NEWBORN MAULÉ TO DEATH
Teddy then escaped from his enclosure in the garden.
Mrs. Ellis returned to find her little boy mortally wounded.
Mr Thyme told the court: “Abigail Ellis made a frantic 999 call describing her baby was pale and bleeding. Neighbors also heard the riot and rushed to help.
“A neighbor saw that the baby was breathing and was crying softly.
“He had large, golf ball-sized bumps under his skin that were red in color.
“Mrs Ellis was upset and Mr Joynes was panicking and said ‘I don’t know what to do’.
The neighbor tried to help and pressed on the wounds.
Terrible, she could feel the air escaping from Elon’s lungs as he struggled to breathe. She also discovered blood coming out of her diaper.
“I told her to get rid of the dog”
Mr Thyme said the neighbor tried to help the baby but it became clear he had serious injuries.
Other witnesses heard Ms Ellis’ mother yell: “I told her to get rid of that dog. »
When paramedics arrived, one – Chloe Hepworth – recorded dozens of stab wounds on the baby’s body, along with two cuts on his torso and stomach.
He was taken to the hospital, but despite the efforts of doctors, he died at 4:12 p.m. that day.
Edward Moss, mitigating Joynes, called the incident “a tragedy by the very definition of the word”.
“He is a man who has suffered the greatest loss of all at his own hands,” he said.
The couple are still together but have lost custody of their other children, he said.
“They support each other. They are always together. Her plan is to get her kids back and get this case over with,” Moss said.
“He’ll never forgive himself for that. »
Teddy was destroyed.
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