Father jailed over deadly dog attack on baby son Father jailed over deadly dog attack on baby son
Ryan Young failed to wake from drunken sleep as Lakeland-cross terrier attacked three-week-old for up to 20 minutes A father who drunkenly slept through... Father jailed over deadly dog attack on baby son

Ryan Young failed to wake from drunken sleep as Lakeland-cross terrier attacked three-week-old for up to 20 minutes

Ryan Young

A father who drunkenly slept through a sustained, fatal attack by the family dog on his three-week-old son has been jailed for 21 months.

Reggie Young’s mother, Maria Blacklin, screamed when she came home to find him barely alive, with her partner, Ryan Young, and their Lakeland-cross, Tricky, asleep.

Newcastle crown court heard that the attack by the foot-tall dog could easily have been stopped, but the father did not wake up and the mauling may have lasted up to 20 minutes.

Young, a roofer, later told police he had drunk eight cans of lager, and a taxi driver came forward to say he had been asked to deliver eight more to Young’s Sunderland address on the evening in June 2015.

Blacklin’s grandmother had died that day and she had gone out to console her family, leaving Young to look after Reggie, who was in a bouncer in the lounge.

The court heard that the dog was kept in the garden and normally only allowed in the kitchen, but there were no concerns over its temperament around children; it was not a fighting dog or used in vermin control.

Blacklin returned home after 4am to what Judge Tim Gittens said was a scene of “Gothic horror”, with her newborn on the floor in a pool of blood. Reggie was blue but still breathing and paramedics were called but he could not be saved.

Young later told police: “I would not say I was drunk, more tired.”

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said: “The officers who arrived described the defendant as appearing drunk.”

He refused to give a breath test and the amount he had drunk was not clear.

Inquiries suggested the baby fell or was dragged from the bouncer and was mauled by the terrier, which had not had contact with the newborn before and may have been driven to attack by Reggie’s “uncoordinated” movements.

Dodds said: “Had the defendant not been asleep in drink, he would have been able to stop the attack.”

Young, who admitted being the owner of the dog that resulted in the death while dangerously out of control at a previous hearing, cried throughout the proceedings.

Caroline Goodwin QC, defending, said: “He is absolutely devastated. Nothing he can do can turn back the clock and bring back his own child.

“It was all the more harrowing for the family when he carried his child’s coffin before the service. It has been a long two years, this is a life sentence for this man.”

Ryan Young carries Reggie’s coffin at his funeral service at Sunderland Minster in July 2015.

Goodwin said the dog, which was about two years old, had no history of aggression but behaved “naturally and instinctively” on the night.

Gittens said: “Reggie was subjected to a most dreadful, torturous, confusing attack and he sustained horrific and painful injuries.”

The judge accepted that Young, a hard-working father, had since developed depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in which he repeatedly experienced the aftermath of the attack.

He said: “I am satisfied that your lack of control of your animal was due to the influence of alcohol and your selfish decision to drink to excess after a hard day at work.”

Young was jailed for 21 months and banned from keeping a dog for seven years. No family members were in court for the sentencing.

Obinna Onyia

  • Ziarye

    2017-09-26 #1 Author

    Wow what is this world coming to .. prayers !


  • Jachai Christian

    2017-09-26 #2 Author

    that’s sad i feel sorry for him


  • Celestina

    2017-09-26 #3 Author

    I feel so sorry for Reggie’s mum……the pains in labor and just a twinkle of the eye baby is dead…..God console her because it’s not easy


  • Celestina Koomson

    2017-09-26 #4 Author

    I feel so sorry for Reggie ‘s mom…..the pain of labor 😫😫😫😫 may God console her because it’s not easy


  • Cecilia

    2017-09-26 #5 Author

    how far can the irresponsibility of some parents make it really painful


  • Raga Turner

    2017-09-27 #6 Author

    It’s consequences to everything you do in life.


  • Kells

    2017-09-27 #7 Author

    This is very sad and we need to be careful with our kids


  • Shamiaze

    2017-09-27 #8 Author

    I dont think anybody should do over the limit when they know they have a child or children at home . Honestly I think giving him less time than he deserves. My really goes to the child’s mother on top of her family problems she gone home to deal with her innocet child.


  • Fiore

    2017-09-27 #9 Author

    Wow that’s crazy


  • Elyza

    2017-09-27 #10 Author

    Sleep tight in heaven lil angel


  • Jordan-Taylor

    2017-09-27 #11 Author

    This is extremely sad!!! I can only imagine my child being in such situation being I have dogs…. They do tell you to slowly introduce your animals to your children and parents especially new parents do get tired!!!!! My condolences to this family!!!!!!! Sad situation


  • Thelma

    2017-09-27 #12 Author

    How sad, R.I.P baby boy


  • Mashay

    2017-09-27 #13 Author

    Wow that is crazy & sad


  • Notoreauna Nelson

    2017-09-28 #14 Author

    This Isn’t really sad! I Feel sorry for him. So Much is Happening nowadays!


  • rontavia saulsberry

    2017-09-28 #15 Author

    This is crazy .. & very sad 😞


  • Kala Young

    2017-09-28 #16 Author

    That’s Sad 😭 R.I.P Baby Boy 😭


  • Juvy santos

    2017-09-29 #17 Author

    This is so very sad😢 so parents be careful to you babies esp when you have a pet


  • Jermecia

    2017-09-29 #18 Author

    This is really sad. It is not that important to get so drunk to let something like this happen


  • Anna oakley

    2017-09-29 #19 Author

    I feel bad for the mother. She lost her grandmother and child. I however don’t feel any remorse for the dad. Noone should be consuming alcohol while watching a child. You cannot be responsible enough being intoxicated if something bad were to happen like a house fire or something like that. You wanna drink, get someone else to watch the kid. This did not need to happen. So sad.


  • Quana

    2017-09-29 #20 Author

    Omg poor baby rip babyboy


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