Should fatal dog attack have been prevented?


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the 7-month old baby boy fatally mauled by a dog Sunday.

The victim, Johnathan Quarles Jr. lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was in the care of his grandmother at a home in the 2200 block of Riverside Drive.

The coroner completed an autopsy early Monday afternoon and ruled that the boy’s death was accidental.  The coroner said the baby died from multiple injuries.

Police say the grandmother told them she took her eye off the baby for a second when the attack happened.

This is not the first time the dog was reported to be aggressive.

“I thought the dog should’ve been gotten rid of with the first attack,” says Patricia Crickmore.

Crickmore says the same dog that’s being blamed for killing Quarles Junior also attacked her daughter’s dog, Reba, in June.

You can still see the scar from the bite marks.

A postal service spokesperson says the dog also attacked one of its carriers who fought it off with his mail satchel.

“I think they should’ve taken the dog a lot sooner,” Crickmore says. “I think it’s a real tragedy that it took the death of an innocent baby to take the dog away.”

Just days before the attack, the Crickmore’s say the case of the first attack was to be settled. It was a settlement they say would include forcing the owner to get rid of the dog.

But instead a motion was filed to push the case’s second pretrial back to August.

We asked police if there was anything more that could’ve been done to remove the dog.

“We’re conducting an investigation and it’s too early to report on anything or speculate,” says Lt. Wendy Stiver.

In the meantime a neighborhood remains in mourning.

“My heart goes out to the parents of the poor baby,” Crickmore says.

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