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Tragedy as 3-week-old baby was mangled to death by Dog

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The mother of a newborn baby who was mauled to death by the family dog was at a family event following a bereavement, according a family member. Three-week old Reggie was rushed to hospital following the attack by the Patterdale terrier – but doctors were unable to save him.

His family have said they are “trying to cope” with the immense tragedy of losing little Reggie, who lived at Falkland Road with his parents Maria Blacklin and Ryan Young, a builder.
The parents are said to be “distraught” after the tragedy which happened at their home at 4.15am yesterday.

A family member who spoke to the Chronicle outside Ryan’s family’s home nearby said: “We are trying to cope with this the best we can.”

Their family dog, called Tricky, is being kept in kennels and is expected to be destroyed.

Northumbria Police said a 30-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“We are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances.”A family member, who did not want be identified, said the baby’s mother was not in the house at the time of the attack, and added that she never left her son alone with the dog.

The source said she had been at a family event following a bereavement, and had returned to find the distressing scene.
Neighbours yesterday spoke of their shock at the death of Reggie, who is believed to have four brothers and sisters.
One, who did not wish to be named, said: “I know terriers very well. I think the dog had become jealous of the baby and that is why this has happened.
“It was Ryan’s dog as far as I’m aware. He is a lovely lad, hard-working and an excellent father. He will be devastated.”

Criminal psychologist Paul Tweddle, 50, who lives opposite the family in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said: “They are a caring couple in their 30s and are a lovely family. This is a complete tragedy.
“I see the terrier from time to time. Sometimes I see it clambering at the fence and it gets out so I shout to Ryan and he comes and gets it.

“It is a tiny dog and I cannot say whether or not it is dangerous. Sometimes appearances can be deceptive.
“I am so shocked. It should be such a happy time with a new baby. I have children myself, so you can imagine how I am feeling.”

Another neighbour, Denise Haley, 59, is grandmother to a six-week-old baby called TJ.
She said: “Maria was in the house a few weeks ago with Redgie. She is a lovely girl and I simply do not know how she will cope with this tragedy.

“I am scared of any dog but that dog seemed okay. It is a tiny dog and brown in colour.
“I am in total shock – me and my daughter have been really upset about it. We grabbed TJ straight away and gave him a huge hug.”

Credits: PulseNG

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How UAE visa ban almost ruined my wedding – Rita Dominic

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The UAE immigration authorities had in October banned visa applications to 20 African countries including Nigeria.

In an appreciation post on Instagram on Tuesday, the movie star narrated how the distance between herself and her cloth designer almost affected the event.

It is believed that the fashion designer resides in Dubai.

Dominic also appreciated the gown designer for “going above and beyond” to get the dress to her despite the ban.

“Thank God for a beautiful weekend full of love and joy. Thank you to @michael5inco for making my dream wedding gown. It was a lot of hard work and patience since we were in two different countries,” she wrote.

“The UAE ban almost ruined it all but designer @michael_nardi_ who you see in this video came to the rescue by going and above and beyond to make the necessary alterations and final fittings. So huge hugs to both.

“Thank you to my dream team who worked hard to get me looking good in this gown. Love you all from the bottom of my heart.”

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The excited mother announced the birth of her baby girl via a post on her Instagram page on Tuesday.

She also shared a picture of the baby, who they had named Nola, alongside a clip from the Cocomelon, a popular children’s cartoon.

“Look who’s here! Our baby! NOLA. E ILORI @shonaola_ilori,” she captioned the post.

Colleagues and fans have since then taken to the comment section to congratulate the parents on the birth of their child.

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Gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo dies at 51

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According to a report making the rounds, the music producer slumped on Friday morning and died. He was aged 51.

Okposo made headlines early in the year after he publicly apologized to his wife, Ozioma for cheating on her with another lady in the United States.

In the apology which was shared on his Instagram page, the singer lamented over the incident which he noted happened in 2021.

The singer further stated that the development has seen him step aside from ministerial work until “full restoration.”

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