Parents of 12-day-old baby mauled to death by dog will stand trial


Parents of 12-day-old baby who was mauled to death by their pet Chow-Chow will stand trial next year for owning a dog dangerously out of control

  • Abigail Ellis, 28, and Stephen Joynes, 36, appear at Sheffield Crown Court today 
  • Elon was 12 days old when fatally bitten by their Chow Chow cross called Teddy  
  • Parents deny owning or being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control 
  • They were granted unconditional bail and a trial has been set for next July 










A couple whose newborn baby was mauled to death by a dog at their home will stand trial next year.

Abigail Ellis, 28, and Stephen Joynes, 36, from Doncaster, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today over the death of their son Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes.

Elon was only 12 days old when he was fatally bitten by his family’s Chow Chow cross called Teddy on September 13 last year.

His parents are both accused of owning or being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. 

Abigail Ellis, 28 and Stephen Joynes, 36, arrive at Sheffield Crown Court this morning

Abigail Ellis, 28 and Stephen Joynes, 36, arrive at Sheffield Crown Court this morning

Elon was born on September 1

Family dog Teddy

Mother Abigail Ellis with baby Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes (left) and the family’s dog Teddy (right)

Ellis and Joynes both denied the charges when they appeared at court today for a brief hearing.

The pair spoke only to confirm their dates of birth and to enter their pleas before the Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC.

They were granted unconditional bail and a trial, expected to last five days, has been set for next July. The court also heard that the dog had since been destroyed.

Judge Richardson QC told them: ‘You are required by law to furnish the court and prosecution with a defence statement. 

Ellis and Joynes are both accused of owning or being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. They both denied the charges at court today

Ellis and Joynes are both accused of owning or being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. They both denied the charges at court today

A mourner places flowers on the gate of the family home in Doncaster in September last year

A mourner places flowers on the gate of the family home in Doncaster in September last year

‘This is not a mere formality, it is a very important document. Any default in receiving it could, in certain circumstances, be held against you.

‘It is really important that you cooperate with your defence lawyers with the production of this document. You have to be at the court for your trial. 

‘If you do not attend, the trial will – as likely as not – go ahead without you and you could be unrepresented. You are both released on unconditional bail.’ 

Floral tributes were left at the family’s mid-terrace house in the South Yorkshire town as well-wishers and neighbours offered their support.  

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