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PITBULL MAULED ELLIE AUNT 4 DAYS BEFORE; EXCLUSIVE It ripped arm.

Byline: By DAVID HUDSON

THE pitbull terrier that savaged little Ellie Lawrenson to death had attacked the five-year-old's aunt only FOUR DAYS before.

Her worried family decided to get rid of the dog following the attack on Kelsey Simpson, 19, but Ellie's uncle - convicted drug dealer Kiel Simpson, 23 - pleaded to keep his pet, promising to keep it out of the house when children were around. Tragically the animal went berserk in the early hours of New Year's Day and attacked Ellie and her grandmother Jackie Simpson.

Medics arrived at the house in Eccleston, Merseyside, within minutes, but could not save Ellie. Mrs Simpson is still recovering from severe bites to her legs and arms.

Ellie had been staying with her grandmother while her parents, Lindsey Simpson, 24, and Darren Lawrenson, 30, went out for the evening. Ellie's grieving grandfather Geoff Lawrenson, father of Darren, told yesterday how he had heard of the attack on Kelsey from Ellie.

He said that when he asked Ellie about the dog, she said: "Yes he's been biting, but he hasn't bit me yet."

Geoff, who also lives in Eccleston, said: "Apparently he took a lump out of her auntie's leg or arm."

Choking back tears, he said: "I am more than heartbroken. That child meant so much to me."

Meanwhile, police have found cocaine, heroin and pounds 15,000 in cash at the grandmother's house.

news@sundaymirror.co.uk

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