A three-month-old baby girl has been mauled to death by a dog that crept into her bedroom.
Mia O’Connell was asleep in her bed in County Waterford, Ireland, when the animal attacked her at around 2am on Monday, causing serious head injuries.
She was treated at the scene but died at Cork University Hospital at 3.15am, according to RTE. The breed of the attacking dog is not yet known.
Father Milo Guiry, administrator of the parish that encompasses the village of Clashmore, said the community was in shock.
He said: ‘This was a young baby, it’s terribly, terribly sad. We offer our sympathy and our support to the family at this terrible time for them.
Mia is believed to have been born in late February to Rhys O’Connell and Ella Wood, who only got engaged on New Year’s Eve.
Mayor of Waterford, Damien Geoghegan, said residents were stunned by the incident.
‘It was very sad news to wake up to this morning that a three-month-old child had lost her life in such tragic circumstances,’ he said.