A mum whose dog mauled her six-month-old baby to death was rushed to hospital in an ambulance minutes before she was due to be sentenced yesterday morning (Fri).
Claire Riley, 23, was injured after there was an altercation outside Northampton Crown Court.
She was due to be sentenced along with her mother Susan Aucott, 55, over the death of tragic Molly-Mae Wotherspoon in October 2014.
But the sentencing had to be adjourned after Riley and Aucott were caught up in a scuffle with photographers as they entered the court.
Members of their family appeared to try and shelter the pair under umbrellas and one man could be heard shouting “he’s assaulted my daughter”.
An ambulance was called a short time later and Riley was taken to hospital.
Speaking in court, Steven Hadley, defending Riley, said: “An ambulance has been called and she has been taken to hospital.
“This morning, as far as I’m aware, there was some sort of altercation with the press and Miss Riley was pushed against a wall.
“As a result, she felt unwell and I went outside and she was doubled up on the floor.
“She is at hospital and she is being treated.
“The nature of what she is being treated for is extremely personal.”
Mrs Justice Sue Carr, who adjourned the sentencing until 2pm today (Fri), said: “One option is to consider putting this back to 2 o’clock.
“It may be that Miss Riley could be back at 2 o’clock.
“I would like to sentence both defendants together.
“I am very much hopefully that Miss Riley will be back in court for 2 o’clock.”
Tragic Molly-Mae died from severe blood loss caused by head wounds after she was savaged by the family’s American pit bull Bruiser.
She was savaged by the dog, which is a banned breed, while she was being looked after by her gran Aucott in Daventry, Northants., on October 3, 2014.
The American pit bull, which was put down at the scene, has been banned in the UK since the early 1990s under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
In October 2014, Senior Coroner for Northamptonshire, Anne Pember, said the family paid the “ultimate price” for owning the outlawed breed.
Riley previously pleaded guilty to owning owning a pit bull dangerously out of control that caused the death of a child.
Aucott also admitted being the person in charge of a dog which caused injury resulting in the death of a child while dangerously out of control.