DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — An autopsy is expected today on an infant attacked and killed by a dog Sunday. Homicide detectives were called to a Dayton home after a family dog attacked the child.
Officers were called to the 2200 block of Riverside Drive around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
2 NEWS obtained the 911 emergency call:
“OPERATOR: 9-1-1 what’s your emergency?
CALLER: My neighbor the baby’s dead. I need– 22-21 Riverside, but it’s my neighbor next-door.
OPERATOR: 22-21 Riverside?
CALLER: Yes, yes.
CALLER: Yes ma’am.
OPERATOR: And it’s the neighbor next door?
CALLER: Yes ma’am.
OPERATOR: Now tell me what happened– what?
CALLER: She just knocked on my door, banging on my door. She had a baby in her hand and the baby’s not breathing. I need you to get her now.
According to officials, the child’s paternal grandmother was babysitting. Police said she took her eyes off the baby for a few seconds when the family pit-bull attacked and killed the child.
Officers said the incident happened inside the home.
“Apparently, the family dog at that location attacked an eight month old child, an infant child, and caused the death of that child,” said Sgt. Charles Anderson.
The dog was taken away by animal control officers. It was taken to the Animal Resource Center and will be quarantined for the time being. Officials will then determine what happens to the dog.
The family’s pastor and grief counselors arrived at the home Sunday afternoon to help them cope with the tragedy.
Sunday afternoon, the infant’s grandfather and family asked for privacy.
Reverend Victor Lee, a family friend, has been supporting the family.
“It’s a good family and unfortunately this incident has happened so until all the facts are in we just–we just have to bear with it and not spread rumors about what had happened,” said the pastor.
Officers said they haven’t been called to the home before. They said family members told them the dog was a family pet and had always been a pleasant animal. They’re still trying to determine why the dog attacked the boy.