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.
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.