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Molly-Mae Wotherspoon death: Dog attack case adjourned as mum taken ill

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Media captionThere were clashes outside court ahead of the sentencing of the mother and grandmother

The sentencing of a woman whose baby was killed by a banned dog has been adjourned after she was taken from court by ambulance.

Claire Riley was due to be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court over the death of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon, killed by an illegal American pit bull in Daventry in 2014.

But the pregnant 23-year-old fell ill and the case was moved to 15 September.

Earlier her family clashed with media as she arrived under an umbrella.

The child's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, will also be sentenced on the same date.

The pair have admitted being in charge of an out of control dog.

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Image caption An ambulance arrived at court to allow Claire Riley to be treated by paramedics

The court previously heard Aucott was looking after her granddaughter at Riley's former home in Morning Star Road, Daventry, when dog Bruiser attacked her.

Molly-Mae suffered severe blood loss from head wounds. The dog was put down at the scene.

At court: Kate Bradbrook, BBC Look East

It's the latest twist in this tragic story which has been playing out since October 2014.

As the family arrived at court, both Claire Riley and Susan Aucott were hidden under umbrellas, closely guarded by a large number of friends and family.

The scene turned into a heated scuffle, with cameras being pushed and shoved away as they made their way inside the building.

Later, Ms Riley and her family came back outside to have a cigarette and it was then she appeared to become unwell, bent double and began leaning on the wall of the court.

An ambulance was called, she was wheeled inside it, and taken to hospital.

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Image caption Claire Riley is due to be sentenced at Northampton Crown Court

Aucott, 55, of Alfred Street, Northampton, admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death in June, as did Riley, of Merrydale Square, Northampton, on the first day of her trial the same month.

Sentencing was also adjourned last month after Riley's pregnancy meant she was too unwell to attend court.

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