Woman charged over boy’s death from dog attack

Dexter Neal, 3, died after being bitten by a dog in Halstead.
Dexter Neal, 3, died after being bitten by a dog in Halstead.

A woman has been charged in connection with the death of three-year-old Dexter Neal, who was attacked by a dog in Halstead in August last year.

Jade Dunne, 29, of Parker Way, Halstead, has been charged with owning a dangerously out of control dog, resulting in death.

The charge is in connection with the death of Dexter at her home on August 18.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge following the incident, but died from his injuries.

Dexter lived with his family in Ronald Road, a street adjacent to Parker Way, where he was believed to be visiting friends when he was attacked.

The dog, an American bulldog called Ruby, has since been destroyed.

Dunne has been released on bail to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 27.

Following his death, Dexter’s family paid tribute to the three-year-old, saying: “Dexter made everyone smile with his beautiful face and cheeky grin.

“He was always polite and kind to everybody, and all who met him fell in love with him.

“Dexter loved spending time with all his grandparents and never wanted to leave to come home, always saying ‘five more minutes please’. He had them all wrapped around his little finger.

“The one person Dexter loved and adored the most was his big sister - they did everything together.

“She loved to teach him to do many things, especially gymnastics.

“She was also teaching him to read and write and had taught him to read a complete first reading book. She misses him incredibly.

“Our lives will never be the same without Dexter; he was the life and soul of our family. Our hearts have been broken and can never be fixed.

“We now have to learn to continue our lives without our cheeky little boy and remember the joy and happiness he brought us in the short time he was allowed to be with us.

“We love you baby boy, always and forever.”