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Father of boy who died 'after dog attack' released from custody

Ryan Busa pictured with his brother and father, Marek Busa. Photo by Colm Lenaghan
Marie Louise McConville

THE father of a 10-year-old boy who died after suffering "lacerations" at his home in Co Antrim has been released from police custody.

The 38-year-old had been "assisting police with their inquiries" since shortly after the death of Ryan Busa at the property in Queens Avenue in Glengormley on Sunday afternoon.

The Ashgrove Primary pupil is reported to have died after being attacked by the family dog – believed to be an Alsatian.

He lived at the house with his father, six-year-old brother – who has autism and attends Hillcroft School – and the family dog.

Paramedics were called to the scene shortly after midday on Sunday when Ryan was found covered in blood.

He was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for treatment however his life could not be saved.

It is understood a postmortem examination was carried out on Monday however it believed more forensic tests are due to be carried out.

The family are understood to have lived in the terraced property for around a year and the greater Newtownabbey area for around eight years. His father, named locally as Marek Busa, is originally from Lithuania.

Police said today that a man assisting with enquiries had been released from custody.

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