Lexi Branson mauled to death by an adopted dog

Girl, 4, mauled to death by adopted dog
Lexi Branson with Mulan the dog which savaged her to death (Picture: SWNS)

The mother of a girl mauled to death by her pet dog in her home has told an inquest how the animal went ‘straight for her throat’.

Jodi Hudson said her daughter, Lexi Branson, four, was watching TV when the Aylestone bulldog, named Mulan after a Disney character, suddenly stood up and stared at her.

‘I tapped her bum and said, “Mulan, no”. That’s when she went for Lexi,’ Mrs Hudson said.

She tried to pull Mulan off her daughter by smashing a glass over its head then ‘grabbing the biggest knife I could find’ to repeatedly stab it.

After loosening its jaws she took Lexi outside to paramedics called to her home in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, but they were not able to revive her.

Jodi Hudson, Lexi Branson's mother, is pictured outside the H.M Coroner for Rutland & North Leicestershire Court in Loughborough, England on September 08, 2014.  See NTI story NTIDOG.  The inquest into the death of four-year-old Lexi Branson, mauled to death by an Aylestone bulldog called Mulan, will be heard at Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner's Office today. The inquest is scheduled to last two days. The dog killed the young girl at the family home in Mountsorrel in Leicestershire, on Tuesday, November 5, just a few weeks after Lexi's mother Jodi Hudson bought the animal back from a rescue centre.
Jodi Hudson, Lexi Branson’s mother, outside the H.M Coroner for Rutland & North Leicestershire Court in Loughborough (Picture: SWNS)

A post-mortem examination revealed Lexi died from facial injuries and the dog preventing her from breathing.

Mrs Hudson, 31, adopted Mulan from Willow Tree kennels in nearby Barrow-upon-Soar, weeks before the tragedy in November.

She admitted the advert for the dog had warned it was ‘better suited to a home without young children’, but that was due to its size and nothing to do with its temperament.

Unknown to the kennels, the dog had several owners since 2007, police later discovered.

Its last owner had it for three months before lying to a dog warden, telling them it was a stray so it would be taken away, a coroner heard today.

The inquest, at Rutland and North Leicestershire coroner’s court, continues.

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8 September 2014 | 10:23 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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