boy died after dog attack in remote NT | Maitland Mercury

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A young boy who died after going missing from a remote desert community in central Australia has been mutilated in a “horrific” dog attack. The family of the three-year-old reported his absence on Friday night around 11 a.m. after searching Hermannsburg, southwest of Alice Springs, for several hours. Northern Territory Police joined the search late on New Years Eve and an officer found the injured child around 9 a.m. on Saturday. He was taken to the local health clinic but died before he could be treated. Acting Deputy Commissioner Sachin Sharma said the child’s injuries were “compatible with animal attack”, but they did not rule out foul play. “Our investigation determined the implication of an animal attack,” he told reporters on Monday. Two dogs are being held and awaiting a forensic examination. The animals are companion dogs known as “camp dogs” and their owners are cooperating with investigators. Acting Assistant Commissioner Sharma said the community and first responders were suffering from significant grief and advisers had been dispatched to help them. “It’s that feeling of loss. It’s horrible, it’s horrible,” he said. “We are in the process of preparing a report for the coroner and the cause of death of this little child will be determined by the coroner’s office.” Hermannsburg, also known as Ntaria, is an Aboriginal community, about 125 miles southwest of Alice Springs, on the traditional lands of the people of West Arrarnta, Azaria Chamberlain, a little girl of nine weeks who was reportedly killed by a dingo on August 17, 1980 while on a family camping trip to Uluru, 468 km southwest of Alice Springs. His body has never been found. Associated Australian Press


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