The mother of a 10-year-old boy who was killed in a dog attack near Caerphilly in southern Wales has described her son as “beautiful” and “cute”.
Jack Lis is believed to have been attacked in a friend’s house in a street near his home in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, after school.
Armed police were dispatched to the address at 3.55pm on Monday, accompanied by paramedics from the Welsh ambulance service.
They confirmed that a child had died on the spot.
The dog was destroyed by firefighters and no other animals were involved.
In a Facebook post, Jack’s mother Emma Whitfield wrote: “With so much heartache, and before close friends and family see his name on the news, I must announce that our beautiful boy Jack was taken so tragically yesterday.
“It was not our dog, nor did it happen at our house. He was out playing.
“We love you so much our sweet sweet boy.”
Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: “My condolences and thoughts go out to Jack’s family, friends, school friends and everyone affected by this in the community.
“We can confirm that the attack did not take place in the house owned by Jack’s family, but inside another property on a nearby street.
“Officers are continuing to conduct further investigations at this time and will remain on the scene as the investigation progresses.
“There will be a significant presence of officers in this area of Caerphilly as our inquiries continue. Please do not worry.
“If you have any concerns or information, please stop by and talk to us.”
Anyone with information please call us at 101 with log reference 2100392510.