10 November 2022

Call for calm in Cowra as investigations into toddler's death continue

| Edwina Mason
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NSW Police have called for calm in the Cowra community following the death of a toddler this week. Photo: NSW Police.

A NSW Police Commander has called for calm in the NSW town of Cowra following a tragic mauling attack on a toddler on the grounds of a motel on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to a Grenfell Road motel at about 10:20 am after reports a child had suffered serious injuries to his face and neck as the result of a dog attack.

Police officers also rushed to the scene, but the boy had already been taken to Cowra Hospital.

The youngster was airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney in a serious condition but died on Tuesday afternoon.

The two-year-old, identified as Jyedon Pollard, was reportedly playing outside, watched by his mother and sisters, when the attack took place.

NSW Police have confirmed a crime scene established at the motel continues to be examined by specialist officers.

Two dogs were also secured and seized by local council.

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With a community reeling in the aftermath of the attack, Chifley Police District Superintendent Bob Noble said he wanted to urge people not to jump to adjudicate on the matter without all the information.

He confirmed there were two dogs at the scene but said it was unclear what part one or both those dogs played.

“The circumstances of this incident were as unlucky as they are tragic and there are no winners,” he said.

“Everyone involved is devastated and this will leave an indelible mark on them,” Supt Noble added.

He has asked the community to respect the processes, the investigation and the coronial report that will flow from the incident.

In the meantime, friends have set up a Go Fund Me page in support of the Pollard family, with almost $7500 of the $10,000 goal raised in less than 24 hours.

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