Tawnee Willis and her son Frankie who was killed by a dog. Picture: Facebook.
Tawnee Willis and her son Frankie who was killed by a dog. Picture: Facebook.

Mum drinking as son killed by dog

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The mother of a nine-year-old boy who drank and did drugs while her son was mauled to death by a dog has been jailed for five years.

UK schoolboy Frankie Macritchie was killed by an American bulldog-cross at a caravan park in Cornwall last April after his mother left him alone with the dog to go drinking and take cocaine.

On Tuesday, Tawnee Willis, 31, admitted neglect and was jailed for two years. Her friend Sadie Totterdell, 29, who owned the dog, was jailed for three years and banned from having a dog for 10 years after admitting having an "out of control" animal.

Judge Simon Carr told Truro Crown Court leaving the boy alone with the dog was the "height of folly."

"You placed the dog and the nine-year-old child in the confined environment of a caravan and returned to the party in the caravan nearby," he said.

"The scene you found I know will haunt you for the rest of your life and you have developed PTSD as a result of what you saw and experienced."

Frankie suffered 54 injuries and experienced major blood loss after the 54 kilogram dog attacked him.

His mother, Willis, found her son's body after going to check on him. She ran out of the caravan screaming "my baby, my baby" as the alarm was raised, The Sun reports.

The court heard how Willis and Totterdell were drinking in a separate caravan and left the boy alone with the dog.

He was found dead at the scene after suffering serious injuries to his head and neck, including having one of his ears nearly severed.

The animal was put down on May 1 after the attack.

Outside court, Frankie's family described him as a "special young boy" who should never have been left alone.

"As Frankie's family, nothing will ever be enough, no sentence will ever be long enough," his Aunt Danielle Macritchie said.

"Not today, not tomorrow, not ever will we as a family forgive them for leaving our boy in a caravan with a dog he hardly knew.

"Frankie was left alone to die in the most horrific way, beyond anyone's imagination."

His father, Billy Macritchie said his world had "shattered into a million pieces" after his "baby" was lost.

"This should never have happened I wish I could hold you and kiss you forever. You are my whole life and now your (sic) gone.

"Sleep tight my darling boy, my best friend and my everything."



Originally published as Mum drinking as son killed by dog