Dog attack girl Lexi Branson was 'tragically taken'

Lexi Branson
Image caption Lexi Branson was born three months premature

The family of a four-year-old who died after being attacked by a pet dog have said the girl was bubbly and bright.

Lexi Branson was mauled at a flat in Rowena Court in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, on Tuesday.

The dog died shortly after the attack at 12:15 GMT, but the circumstances of its death are unknown.

The girl's mother Jodie Hudson and grandmother Kerry Hudson said the girl will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

They said in statement: "Lexi was a bubbly, bright little girl.

"She fought for her life from the moment she was born as she was born three months prematurely. She's been taken from us so tragically.

"She will be sadly missed, she will be our shining star in the sky and she we will never be forgotten."

Following the attack, Lexi died at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Police said they do not believe the dog is of a breed listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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