Dad of boy, 9, mauled to death by bulldog at caravan park posts heart-wrenching tribute

THE dad of a tragic nine-year-old boy mauled to death by a bulldog at a caravan park has said he is ‘lost’ without his ‘little man’.

Frankie MacRitchie was found dead after being savaged by the bulldog-cross owned by a family friend in Looe, Cornwall.

Billy MacRitchie shared the tribute to his son Frankie on Facebook
Frankie and his mum Tawnie Willis pictured just hours before the attack
‘Large bulldog-cross’ Winston ‘has a history of attacks’ and was often muzzled just weeks before tragic death of boy, 9

Frankie was on holiday with mum Tawnee Willis, 28, when he was allegedly left home alone with the dog until 4am on Saturday.

His dad Billy MacRitchie, who wasn’t on the holiday, has now shared a heartbreaking tribute to his son in which he said his ‘world has shattered into a million pieces’.

A post, penned by his sister Danielle and posted on Billy’s Facebook page, said: “I spoke to my brother today and he asked me to write a few words.

“My baby Frankie Gray MacRitchie, my whole world has shattered into a million pieces. Daddy is so lost without you little man I really don’t know how I’m ever gonna live without you.

“This should never have happened I wish I could hold you and kiss you forever. You are my whole life and now your (sic) gone.

“Sleep tight my darling boy, my best friend my everything.”


Sources told The Sun the dog was often muzzled after being allegedly involved in four less-serious attacks — one a few weeks ago.

Police believe Frankie was left alone with the seven-year-old dog named Winston, who is owned by a family friend Sadie Totterdell, 28.

It was understood that Sadie and Frankie’s mum Tawnee Willis, 28, went for drinks with a male friend at a nearby caravan at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall.

Sadie found the bloodbath scene when she returned to her caravan about 4am on Saturday, sources said.

She alerted single mum Tawnee, who was then heard shrieking: “The dog’s attacked my boy”.

A holidaymaker said he then saw the dog wandering without a lead.

The man, 38, said: “I thought it had a dark face. Now I realise his white fur was covered in blood.”

Police quizzed distraught Tawnee and Sadie — who was arrested 22 miles away in Plymouth with the dog.

I thought it had a dark face. Now I realise his white fur was covered in blood.

An eye-witness

Sadie was released under investigation by police probing possible offences of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control.

The dog was taken to police kennels where its fate is being decided.

It is understood Frankie’s grandmother was also staying at the site.

During a televised live press conference, Mike West, Detective Superintendent from the D&C Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “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.

“The woman that we arrested in connection to this matter has been released under investigation and the dog remains in kennels.”

Henry Joce, of Tencreek Holiday Park, said: “It is with profound sadness that Tencreek Holiday Park management can confirm that emergency services were called to an incident in a static caravan just before 5am on Saturday April 13.

“Tragically, a 10-year-old child was pronounced deceased at the scene after being attacked by a dog present in the same caravan.

“Clearly our thoughts are very much with the family involved – they have our deepest sympathies.”


Frankie MacRitchie pictured with his dad Billy[/caption]

Billy described his son as ‘my entire world’


Billy was not on holiday with his son at the time of the attack[/caption]

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The nine-year-old was found dead inside the caravan[/caption]

Franke pictured with his mum Tawnee Willis. The pair were on holiday together when the attack took place
Frankie, nine was pronounced dead at the scene

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Relatives lay flowers at the scene in Looe, Cornwall[/caption]

Wayne Perry – The Sun

The family had been staying at Tencreek Holiday Park[/caption]

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Police were called after Frankie’s body was found inside his family’s caravan[/caption]


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