A 3-week-old baby left with her family’s dogs, was brutally bitten to death by the 3 pit bulls after the dogs bit her on the head and she was left unattended to.
The baby identified as Susannah Jean Murray was left alone in a bouncy for five minutes inside her Michigan home with three pit bulls serving as her only companions.
Moments of being alone, a caretaker checked on her and then the woman noticed the infant bleeding from a severe head injury and also saw that one of the dogs had blood around its mouth.
The Baby was immediately rushed to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where she underwent seven hours of surgery.. But unfortunately she did not make it. The Baby died at around 2a.m., the next morning.
“This is a horrible tragedy, and it serves as a critical reminder to never leave a child unattended around a dog, or dogs, or pets,” said Sgt. Terry Dixon. “Always keep a watchful eye on our vulnerable youth.”
“Just the breed of a pit bull by itself is not enough to condemn it, any dog can bite something, they have teeth. I would say that this serves as a definite reminder not to leave children alone with dogs in the house.” He continued
Neighbors resident in the Grand Rapids neighborhood told the Detroit Free Press that the dogs were a dangerous nuisance, calling them “mean and vicious” and said they were always wary of them.
“I’d be scared, because when the dogs get out the fence, they used to chase us,” Hawa Abdi, a neighbor, said.
The GRPD and Child Protective Services are investigating. Dixon says they will give their investigation to the Kent County Prosecutor to review and consider any possible criminal charges.
Sgt. Terry Dixon with the GRPD when speaking of the attack said the dog who attacked the child is about 2 years old and has now been quarantined along with the two other family dogs at the Kent County Animal Shelter.