Mum of boy mauled to death by dog sorry for ‘senseless actions’ night he died

The mum of a nine-year-old boy mauled to death by a dog has apologised to his family over her “senseless actions” the night she died.

Tawnee Willis left her son, Frankie MacRitchie at a caravan on his own at the Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall in April 2019 while she drank and took cocaine with friends.

After checking on him a number of times, a dog named Winston, belonging to Ms Willis’ friend, Sadie Totterdell, followed her to the caravan where Frankie was.

Ms Willis told an inquest into Frankie’s death on Friday that Totterdell had told her Winston “loves kids” so she left them alone.

It was when she went to check on her son that she found him face down. She told the inquest the Staffordshire bull terrier cross American bulldog “watched” as she screamed.

Addressing Frankie’s father, Billy MacRitchie and grandmother, Pauline Elford, Ms Willis said: “To Billy, Pauline and everyone, I am truly, truly sorry.

“I miss him every day and I know they do, and I know their heartbreak, mine does as well.

“I know nothing I will do can ever change what’s happened and I understand that. I am sorry for my senseless actions caused them so much heartache, I really am.

“From the bottom of my heart I just wish they would get some closure and I hope they will find some peace.”