Pit Bull Attack Kills 8-Month-Old Boy

Animal control officers seized three dogs from the scene.

Updated at 11:30 p.m. June 14.

Deputies responding to a call of a child bitten by a dog found a woman holding the fatally injured 8-month-old boy in her arms Thursday afternoon in Lemon Grove, authorities say.

Investigators say a pit bull attacked the baby just before 5 p.m. Thursday at a home on the 3500 block of West Street.

Paramedics from the Lemon Grove Fire Department arrived at the same time as deputies and began treating the mortally wounded infant, according to sheriff's homicide Lt. Larry Nesbitt.

The boy was transported to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m., Nesbitt said. The baby's name was not released, pending identification by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to authorities, animal control officers seized three apparent pit bulls from the home.

The occupants of the home were being interviewed by detectives, authorities said. 10News is reporting there were no other children in the house.

Homicide detectives were called to assume the investigation because it involved the death of an infant, Nesbitt said.

Assisting in the investigation are personnel from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station, the sheriff's Crime Lab, and U.S. Border Patrol assigned to the homicide detail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigators at 858-974-2321 (after hours) or 858-565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 (TIPS).

V M June 15, 2012 at 05:58 AM
What could of been more important than taking care of our children? It makes me angry that this happened to an innocent baby all because of the ignorant parents not being responsible for this poor baby... Its awful just to think all the pain and suffering the baby went through... Rip baby...and I hope the parents stay in jail they dont deserve to be free they couldnt even watch their own baby its unbelievable im so angry at these parents. Babys dont ask to be born its our responsibility please take care of our little ones
Lemongrovelocal June 15, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Absolutely a sad incident, however, we weren't there and don't know the circumstances. I can't imagine what the parents of this baby are going through. It is something they are going to have to live with forever. We have a 13 year old boxer that was brought into our family with when my youngest was 4 months old, while he has NEVER EVER shown aggressive behavior in the 8 years we have had him, I have no control if he does. I could be sitting next to my kids and he could attack any one one of us, we don't know how their canine brains work or what sets them off. Obviously I am using this as an example, please don't think I wish harm on my family or any other person/animal.
Livi June 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It really saddens me to hear this kinda of news, over and over, I am not a pitbull hater, I try not to be afraid because I know at the end of the day they are innocent animals victims of neglect and lack of training, but I can not help being afraid, especially when they are walking behind you and sniffing you is scary, yesterday as a matter of fact, we were walking are 3 dogs of Mount Vernon and Washington, out of nowhere a black pitbull comes from behind us and starts following us, mind you my dogs are going react, we shooed it away, thank god he was not viscous, but my point is WHERE IS THE OWNER!! WHY IS YOUR DOG LOOSE??? DO YOU KNOW WHO SCARY THAT WAS TOO US??? I pray for this family and may the little boy Rest in heaven..tragic very tragic...
RoastPuppy June 16, 2012 at 05:58 AM
This is another case of people failing to exercise common sense. Although we do not know all the circumstances, at least two people are at fault for this child's death: the parents, for taking their child to a home where there were pit bulls, or any large dog for that matter, and the owners of the pit bulls for allowing someone to bring a child to their home. Although it hasn't happened yet, we are going to have to read all the pit nutters comments that pit bulls are no more vicious than any other dog. What they don't realize is that whether they are no more vicious is not the problem. The problem is the damage these monsters do when they attack. Yes, any large dog CAN attack and do serious damage, but they don't. When other dogs bite, they normally bite and let go because unlike pit bulls, other dogs attempt to avoid a confrontation. Pit bulls are bred to fight: they attack without warning (i.e., they don't waste time growling, raising their hackles and trying to intimidate the other dog); they rip, tear, shake and hang on until their victim stops moving; and when in "attack mode," they are almost oblivious to pain. Whether vicious or not, a dog with such genetic characteristics is inherently dangerous and anyone who allows their child around a pit bull should lose custody of that child and any other chldren in the home.
Ivy Westmoreland June 17, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Ivy Westmoreland How sad for everyone involved. last month my neighbor was mauled by a bull terrier that had all ready attacked 2 other people here in Lemon Grove. The owner, who was irresponsible and currently in jail for a DUI had snuck the dog in our neighborhood and no one knew that it was in a cage. It was a horrible scene and I know because she had just left my house and I heard her screaming. I ran out to see her husband frantically trying to beat the dog off of her in the middle of the street. She was severly injuried and currently not even close to being healed from her wounds. Can't these people who have these vicious dogs see that they pose a threat to others. What a tragic..tragic story.
Nick September 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Those pitbulls should not have left that property alive. Decapitated,shoot,stabbed, drown. Yeah I have a sever case of mental illness


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