Four-year-old suffers fractured skull in dog attack

Adelphi Street, Standish
Adelphi Street, Standish

A FOUR-year-old boy is in hospital with a fractured skull after being bitten by a dog.

Police say the infant was taken to hospital on Monday afternoon following the incident on Adelphi Street in Standish.

Adelphi Street, Standish - the scene of a dog attack

Adelphi Street, Standish - the scene of a dog attack

The breed of dog has not been confirmed but it’s believed to be an ‘american bulldog’ type, which has been seized by officers. Automatic enquiries have been triggered to find out if the dog is on the banned breed list.

A police spokesman said: “At 4.05pm we were called to Adelphi Street in to reports of a four-year-old boy being bitten by a dog.

“He remains in hospital where he is being treated for serious head injuries.”

A North West Ambulance spokesman said: “We were called at 3.56pm to a boy with lacerations to the ear and he was taken to the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital.”

The youngster is believed to have been playing on a trampoline at a neighbour’s house when the attack took place.

Police say that his injury is a serious one but he remains in hospital in a stable condition. No arrests have been made.

Well wishers took to the Wigan Today Facebook page, JoAnne Simons said: “Hope the little lad makes a speedy recovery from this.”

Patricia Ashcroft added: “Hope he makes a full recovery - thoughts and prayers are with you.”