Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fla. newborn dies after pit bull attack at home

From The Washington Post

A newborn baby is dead after being attacked by a pit bull in a Florida home.
The newborn died at a hospital. Authorities have not released the baby's name.
Department of Children and Families spokesman John Harrell says the state agency and police are investigating whether the baby was being supervised and whether the dog previously showed aggressive behavior.
City animal control officials say the young dog has been euthanized.

Update October 26, 2010 1:18pm - The following article is by Amy Judd, Now Public:

Newborn Baby Dies After Being Attacked By Family Pit Bull Terrier

A Four-Day Old Baby Died in Jacksonville Florida After Being Attacked By the Family's Dog


The parents say they only left the baby alone for a few seconds when the dog attacked the newborn, who died as a result of its injuries.
The dog did not have any prior history of aggressive behavior, but it has now been destroyed after the attack on Sunday evening. The incident is now being investigated by Florida's child welfare agency and the Jacksonville Sheriff's office, who will attempt to determine how long the child was alone when the attack occurred. 
The final report will not be available for weeks, but DCF wanted to remind parents how dangerous it is for pets to be around small children unsupervised.

Update October 26, 2010 1:36pm - The following article is from WJXT:

Dad: Dog That Killed Baby 'Very Loving'

Police: 3-Day-Old Baby Attacked In Arlington Home Sunday Night

Investigators are trying to figure out why a family's pit bull described as a "very loving dog" attacked a 3-day-old baby in Arlington Sunday night.
Police said they when they arrived at the home on Dickson Road in Arlington at 10:40 p.m., the baby was being transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where the boy died.
The baby's father told Channel 4 that he and his family are devastated by the loss of their new son, Justin Valentin. He said the dog attacked the baby on the bed while the mother took a shower.
The father said he and his family are grieving over the tremendous loss of their child.
The father said the family raised the pit bull since it was a puppy and that the dog never showed any signs of aggression toward anyone in their family.
"I want parents to know ... don't think you'll be quick enough," said the father, Mark Valentin. "It can happen in the blink of an eye."
The young, red pit bull was turned over to Jacksonville Animal Control and Protective Services, then euthanized at the request of the family.
Police, animal control officials and the Department of Children and Families are all investigating.
In a separate case Monday night, Manatee County deputies fatally shot a pit bull that charged them after attacking a 5-year-old boy in Bradenton. Authorities said the boy tried to climb a tree to get away, but the dog bit into his arm and tried to pull him down.
"I would never recommend leaving an animal alone with an infant, period," Animal Control Officer Robert Currey said. "Even if it's a family pet, you never know how they're going to react to a new, basically, living being in the residence with them -- which is basically the animal's territory."

Update October 26, 2010 2:19pm - The following article is by Michael King, from WXIA:
 
Newborn Dies in Jacksonville After Being Mauled by Pit Bull

A 3-day-old infant died after being attacked by the family pet pit bull, said the state Department of Children and Families.
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report said the child was bitten by the dog inside a home on Dickson Road in Arlington Sunday night.
Police said when they arrived, a rescue worker was carrying a small baby from the home.
JSO said the baby was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
Police said owners secured the dog inside a cage at the home by the time they arrived.
First Coast News attempted to reach the family at the Arlingnton home listed in the police report. The infant's mother asked for privacy during their time of mourning. Police identified the infant as 3-day old Justin Valentin.
DCF is investigating and told First Coast News the pit bull "went after the infant."
Animal Care and Protective Services said the male dog, named Biggs, was put down yesterday at the request of the owners.
Police said, "This is an active ongoing investigation."

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