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Funeral For Baby Killed In Dog Attack

14/08/2014 16:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

Eliza Mae Mullane funeral

The funeral has taken place of the baby girl who died from a suspected dog attack at her family home.

The service at Pontyberem Catholic Church for Eliza-Mae Mullane was followed by a private cremation.

Eliza-Mae Mullane was six days old when she died on February 18 at her home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

The girl's mum and dad, Sharon John and Patrick Mullane, paid their last respects to their 'dearly beloved daughter' at the church.

In a statement the parents said: "She brought joy into our family, and losing her like this has cast the most horrible shadow over all of us."

Dad Patrick, 35, carried the tiny pink coffin decorated with a pudding as mourners gathered in the church to say their goodbyes to little Eliza-Mae.

The order of service card had a picture of the baby on the front with the words: "Daddy's pudding."

Eliza-Mae's mother Sharon Jones, 42, also wore pink for the service to greet the 50 mourners as she stepped from the funeral car.

Mourners carried pink teddies and heart-shaped wreaths.

Father Pius Augustine said: "This is a terribly sad occasion for Eliza-Mae's family. The whole community is behind them and they will be in our thoughts and prayers."

Two children's songs - The Butterfly Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by Eva Cassidy - were played at the service.

On the back of the order of service card, Eliza-Mae's parents thanked everyone for their kindness since the tragedy.

Eliza-Mae was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on the morning of February 18, but doctors were unable to save her.

Police later seized two dogs from the family home but the cause of her death has not yet been revealed and police have not given any details of her injuries.

Forensic tests of the family home have been completed and the investigation has been passed to the coroner.

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