Dog bites claimed the life of a seven month old baby boy Sunday afternoon after being attacked by a dog. Dayton, Ohio police report that the infant’s step-grandmother was babysitting for the day in her home when her dog attacked and killed the child. According to police, Jonathon Quarles, Jr. was attacked around midday. The child was visiting from out of state.
Montgomery County records reveal that an American Staffordshire terrier – a breed that resembles a pit bull – is registered at the address where the baby was attacked. Dayton police reports also indicate that the same dog was involved in an attack on another dog on June 3rd. The dog was removed from the home by animal control officials following the mauling of the infant.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Preliminary autopsy findings could be available later in the day according to a spokesperson for the Montgomery County coroner’s office.
Although no charges have been filed at this time, the Dayton, Ohio police department is investigating.
In Florida, a 4-year old boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls belonging to his uncle.
Authorities believe the child – who was unsupervised in the home while his mother and adult relatives talked in another room – went outside and released the animals from their cage to play with them.
Sheriff deputies who were in the area sped to the home after hearing the child’s screams. The deputies found the child in the front yard with the two dogs standing over him. The youngster died at the scene from the injuries.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Tragedies such as these are reminders that small children should never been left unsupervised with dogs. Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites and attacks, and should be reminded how to avoid attacks by dogs.
If you or a loved one have suffered injury as a result of a dog bite, contact the experienced dog bite attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.