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Dog mauling kills 3 year old

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
http://www.thepress-sentinel.com/art...c841316124.txt

I am posting this here because I know from past experiences how dog attack articles go.

This happened in my small town. And there are many things I would like to know that is not in the article.

First I would like to relate a few things I was told about the mother in this case. Its all hear say at this point. This woman was know for watching a lot of people's kids, someone I know used to let this woman watch her kids. She stopped when she showed up early to pick her child up and the mom was asleep leaving the kids alone and they opened the door. By the way these were young kids, a five year old opened the door. In the article it never says where the mother was when this happened.

The boy was walking in between his house and the neighbor's (dog owners house) with a 5 year old girl. The boy got a sand spur in his foot and started crying. The 5 yr old tried to calm him down and the dog broke its chain (or collar) and attacked and killed the 3 year old.

My question is why was these 2 kids out alone walking between 2 houses and no adult present?
Was the mom even aware the children were even outside?
Why was the dog chained outside?
Was it on the chain 24/7?
Did it ever get off for love attention and play time?

They say the case is still under investigation and they don't think charges with be filed. Which might be fine if there was a parent or other adult outside with the kids. But no one was. And if it is revealed the mom was inside asleep and there was not adult supervision then yes I think charges should be filed.

Oh and it says the mom has been investigated several times by CPS.
post #2 of 10
Let me just say, I'm glad it wasn't a pit bull! It's so nice reading an article about another breed of dog, even if it's a sad story.

It really sounds like a misunderstanding on the dog's part. Apparently the child was crying, maybe it excited the dog and she got over stimulated. The kid probably started screaming when the dog grabbed it and it just made things more exciting.

Man parental neglegence at its finest and both the child and the dog pay for it.
post #3 of 10
How sad. I would absolutely slap that woman with neglect, child endangerment... And that poor little girl that had to see the whole thing. I hope she will recover from that.
post #4 of 10
What the.....! I am still in complete shock of the fact that a 3 year old was being walked by a five year old through neighboring yards! That article is gives little information and details. The one thing that is mentioned is that the owner shot their own dog in attempt to save the child. How does such a tragic incident, have so little press! There should be criminal charges presented against the mother by the state! I only hope this isn't an attempt to cover up previous complaints against her.......
post #5 of 10
Lets remember this story the next time an "exotic" animal injurs or kills someone. If this had been lets say, my cougar, this would be on the news world wide and PETA, HSUS and the media would be calling for a ban on exotics. (not that my cougar would do this, just used as an example) I agree though, the mother of the child should be charged with child neglect. This is a sad story for all involved.
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How does such a tragic incident, have so little press!
I can tell you, because it was a domestic dog and NOT an exotic animal.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ping View Post
http://www.thepress-sentinel.com/art...c841316124.txt

I am posting this here because I know from past experiences how dog attack articles go.

This happened in my small town. And there are many things I would like to know that is not in the article.

First I would like to relate a few things I was told about the mother in this case. Its all hear say at this point. This woman was know for watching a lot of people's kids, someone I know used to let this woman watch her kids. She stopped when she showed up early to pick her child up and the mom was asleep leaving the kids alone and they opened the door. By the way these were young kids, a five year old opened the door. In the article it never says where the mother was when this happened.

The boy was walking in between his house and the neighbor's (dog owners house) with a 5 year old girl. The boy got a sand spur in his foot and started crying. The 5 yr old tried to calm him down and the dog broke its chain (or collar) and attacked and killed the 3 year old.

My question is why was these 2 kids out alone walking between 2 houses and no adult present?
Was the mom even aware the children were even outside?
Why was the dog chained outside?
Was it on the chain 24/7?
Did it ever get off for love attention and play time?

They say the case is still under investigation and they don't think charges with be filed. Which might be fine if there was a parent or other adult outside with the kids. But no one was. And if it is revealed the mom was inside asleep and there was not adult supervision then yes I think charges should be filed.

Oh and it says the mom has been investigated several times by CPS.
I do not believe that a 3-year old and a 5-year old walking between their own house without an adult hovering over them is abuse, if said adult was in the house.

You know, sometimes horrible, tragic accidents happen and it is no one's fault.

I am not saying that such is the case but, good grief, why not wait until the investigation is done before we start crucifying the mother.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
This woman is question has already had several neglect complaints against her in the past. One as recent as 3 mths ago. The distance between the 2 homes from what I saw with my own 2 eyes is greater than the distance between the homes close to me. The distance is closer to the size mobile home park. Yeah if my kids what to walk that distance I will go with them, and my oldest is 9.

So yeah I have an issue with someone allowing the children to walk that distance alone.
post #8 of 10
I saw the picture Ping, the houses were not that far apart.

And in that article, it said nothing about CPS being called "multiple" times and you, yourself, said that everything you heard was heresay. Let the investigators do their job, is all I am saying, before we throw a mother who has just lost a child, under the bus.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I do not believe that a 3-year old and a 5-year old walking between their own house without an adult hovering over them is abuse, if said adult was in the house.

You know, sometimes horrible, tragic accidents happen and it is no one's fault.
I agree with you on this.

As for the mother, yeah she's got prior neglect complaints and all that, but I dont necessarily believe the dog attacking the kid is her fault solely because she let them walk between the house unsupervised.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I saw the picture Ping, the houses were not that far apart.

And in that article, it said nothing about CPS being called "multiple" times and you, yourself, said that everything you heard was heresay. Let the investigators do their job, is all I am saying, before we throw a mother who has just lost a child, under the bus.
That's what I was thinking too. The mother may very well bear at least part of the responsibility, but we don't know that yet.
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