Downham fox attack parents deny online dog accusations

PUBLISHED: 16:08 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 14 February 2013

Denny Dolan with parents Hayley Banks Cawley and Paul Dolan.

Denny Dolan with parents Hayley Banks Cawley and Paul Dolan.


The parents of a baby attacked by a fox in their Downham home have denied online claims they fabricated the story to protect a family dog.

The house in Dagonet Road, Downham where a fox attacked baby Denny.The house in Dagonet Road, Downham where a fox attacked baby Denny.

Hayley Banks Cawley and Paul Dolan, both 28, appeared on ITV show Daybreak this morning along with five-week-old Denny, who recently had his finger re-attached by surgeons after the incident.

Labelled liars and chavs by people on Twitter, the couple, of Dagonet Road, told hosts Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly that the abuse from online trolls has been “terrible”.

Miss Cawley said: “I had a little look last night. I did have a little look and then I had to close the page down because I just thought ‘Oh my God’.

“Saying about me having a dog and stuff – I’ve never had a dog in my life.”

Rumours have also begun to circulate online that the pair concocted the story to get a bigger council house.

The abuse began when Mr Dolan posted a picture online of Denny recovering in hospital earlier this week.

One Twitter troll wrote: “This woman who’s baby was attacked by a fox.. I bet she has a chavy Staff dog hidden away that attacked the baby and is blaming it on a fox!”

Another wrote: “Not buying this fox attack on baby, willing to bet it was their dog.”

Baby Denny is reported to have been dragged from the family living room towards the back door by the fox before Miss Cawley rescued her son and fought off the animal.

Describing the incident on Daybreak, she said: “It’s the worst nightmare I’ve ever experienced in my life.

Adding: “No, I’d never go back there. As soon as it happened I just said I’m not going back there, I could never relive that every day. It’s bad enough as it is, I’m not dealing with it too well as it is.”

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