POLICE are urging witnesses to come forward after a toddler suffered a serious head injury.
Hartlepool detectives have been told that the two-year-old boy was knocked over by a black Labrador in Ward Jackson Park and suffered several injuries.
He is said to have been hurt after running up to the dog near to the Elwick Road entrance of the park between 10am and 11am on Wednesday, January 11.
The man who was with the child told police that he was then approached by a dark-haired woman in her 30s or 40s who gave him and the child a lift to Stephen Street. She was said to be driving a black car, possibly a Hyundai.
The child was then taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, before being transferred to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
He was discharged after spending the weekend in hospital.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police would like to hear from anyone who was at the park that day and who may have seen what happened.
“They would also like the woman from the black car to come forward as she may have information to help with enquiries.”
The child has blond hair and blue eyes and the man is around 5ft 10in tall, in his mid 20s, of thin build, clean-shaven and with short dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Pete Littlewood, of Hartlepool CID, on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.