Staffie in his aunt and uncle's home had moved
into the house a week before for a 'better life'.
Archie Joe Darby was killed in the attack, while
his elder brother Daniel Jay, aged 22 months,
was left with life-changing injuries.
The pair and their mother, Jade Rogers, were
staying at the home of Jade's sister Clare
Ferdinand and her husband John. Reports
suggested that Jade was in the bath when the
attack began, and she suffered injuries trying to
save her two children from the dog.
It has been suggested that the pet may have
attacked the young children in an effort to
establish its territory following their recent
arrival in the home.
A photo taken from Clare Ferdinand's Facebook
page showed a Staffordshire bull terrier-type
dog, the breed responsible in the attack
according to police.
In a statement, the boys' mother and her
partner said: 'Our beautiful sons Archie Joe
Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby are so, so loved by
us all and were such happy little loveable boys.
'It doesn't seem real that our little Archie Bum
has gone to heaven and our little Daniel is in
intensive care because of a tragic, tragic
incident involving a dog attack.
'We have lost our gorgeous little four –month-
old baby and our beautiful 22-month-old boy is
currently being treated for his injuries.
'Heaven has gained a beautiful little angel and
he will be greatly missed by us all and our other
little soldier is still fighting strong.'
The dog, which has since been put down, was
owned by a serving police officer.
It is not known whether PC Clare Ferdinand, 31,
was at the address at the time the dog
launched its attack.
As news of the tragedy spread, friends took to
social media to pay tribute to little Archie Joe