FIRST PICS: Boy, 9, mauled to death was ALONE with dog in caravan when horror unfolded

Frankie MacRitchie, was attacked by a “bulldog-type breed”  at the Tencreek Holiday Park, near Looe, on Saturday morning.

His mum Tawnee Willis was reportedly heard screaming “the dog’s attacked my boy”, after the attack at around 5am.

It is believed Tawnee was in a nearby caravan with the dog’s owner when the tragedy took place.

Police said Frankie and the dog had been in another caravan alone when the incident took place. 

A woman, 28, was arrested three hours later on Saturday in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter – she has since been released under investigation.

The dog remains in kennels after being seized by police. 

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TRAGIC: Boy, 9, pictured with his mum (Pic: TAWNIE WILLIS/FACEBOOK/SWNS)

Detective Superintendent Mike West, from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Frankie had been staying at the holiday park in the company of adults for a number of evenings prior to his tragic death.

“We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst that the adults that he was on holiday with, were in an adjacent unit. These two groups of people were all known to each other and all from the Plymouth area.

“This is a desperately sad event which has seen a nine-year-old boy lose his life whilst on holiday; our thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of Frankie and all of those who knew him.”

He added: “We appreciate that this case will shock and upset the public, however, we urge the public not to apportion blame on this tragic incident, and to allow us to do our job and to fully investigate this matter.

“Please do not speculate via social media. There is a good chance that this will be seen by those who knew and loved Frankie and speculation will only lead to further upset.”

ATTACK: Frankie was mauled by a dog (Pic: TAWNIE WILLIS/FACEBOOK)

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that her “bulldog-type breed” pet remained in kennels while officers continued their investigations.

A holidaymaker reportedly said that the mother was crying hysterically as paramedics tried to save the boy.

Single-mum Tawnee, from Plymouth, has posted a crying emoji on a relative’s Facebook page and tributes have been paid by friends and family for Frankie.

Tawnee also posted a recent photo with Frankie, with the caption: “Caravan life with my babes”.

She also wrote on her Facebook page last year: “Mumma’s boy always.

CARAVAN: Tawnee with a neighbour when the attack took place (Pic: TAWNIE WILLIS/FACEBOOK)

“Anyone who actually knows me knows how much I care about this kid and would walk to the end of the earth for him.”

A family friend wrote on Facebook on Sunday: “RIP little man. I still see that little cheeky smile you had.”

Tawnee is separated from Frankie’s father Billie MacRitchie, who still had a close relationship with his son.    

A teenager told of how she came across a blood-smeared woman with her dog close to where Frankie was killed and helped her buy a train ticket thinking she was a victim of domestic violence.

Ashleigh Toms, 19, of Looe, said she found the woman and a dog around 6am in Shutter Hill.

The woman told her that she had been the victim of a domestic violence attack, and Ashleigh reportedly paid for her train ticket from the station.

SITE: Attack took place at a caravan park (Pic: SWNS)

She said the dog was a “huge, boxer bulldog type”, brown and white and had a muzzle on.

Both the woman and the dog had blood on them.

Ashleigh reportedly said: “I left my home at Shutter Hill and saw the dog initially. I thought it had run away and then I saw this woman coming around the corner.

“She asked for my help and for money to get a taxi, saying she needed to go to Saltash.

“I had no money but said I would be happy to help her get the train. I was getting it anyway.

“I asked what happened and she said she had been on a night out and been attacked by her boyfriend who she said went nuts at her.”

SPOTTED: Ashleigh saw blood soacked woman (Pic: SWNS)

She went on: “I offered to come on the train with her and she thanked me a lot. We waited around and had a fag at Looe train station.

“She and the dog were covered in blood and when we got on board she went straight to the toilet to clean herself up.

“They were both covered in blood on the side of the neck and mouth and the girl had it all up her leg and her T-shirt was turned inside out.

“She got very upset on the train and started crying her heart out.

“I am still in a lot of shock. I got her a ticket and wrote down my name and number. She got off the train around 8am and gave me a cuddle and thanked me.”

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