Tuesday, November 4, 2008
UPDATE 11/04/08: Linzy Earles, who turned 18 last month, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in a juvenile court in connection with the death of her baby. The Tulsa police affidavit states that Zane "was left unattended in an infant swing on the opposite side of the house for approximately two hours." In this time, the family's 8-week old lab-mix, "that was left loose in the house ate the two-month-old victim."
08/05/08: Child Neglect Charges Filed
A police affidavit alleges child neglect by the 17-year-old mother whose 2-month-old son was mauled to death by a family pet. Tulsa Police allege that Linzy Earles has a history of drug abuse and was neglectful when her baby, Zane Earles, was killed by a Labrador puppy at the home of his mother and grandparents on July 28.
07/30/08: Mother Reportedly Only 17
According to the state Medical Examiner's Office, the cause and manner of Zane's death remain pending, and it could be several weeks before all of the tests are conducted and a report is completed. Police have declined to release details about Zane's injuries. Police dispatch records show that officers visited the home three times since May 2007.
07/28/08: Offending Puppy Put Down
It is reported that the offending 6-week old Labrador puppy has been put down. The puppy apparently attacked the baby as it sat in a swing inside the home. Officers say the infant, Zane Alen Earles, was alone in the room during the attack, but there was also another dog in the house (reportedly a pug) and several adults.
07/28/08: Baby Killed by Family Dog
Tulsa, OK - In a developing story, it appears another family dog has attacked and killed an infant. In this instance, the victim was a 2-month-old baby in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police said the infant was mauled by a young Labrador this morning. The child died at the scene. Initial details were scant as officers continued their investigation.
07/25/08: 2008 Fatality: 1-Year Old Erie Girl Killed by Family Dog
07/23/08: 2008 Fatality: Mississippi 3-Year Old Boy Killed by Pit Bull
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| 7/28/2008 4:46 PM |
This story is pretty fishy...a 6 week old puppy? Developmentally, I don't see how a puppy that age could manage the kill bite neccesary to actually kill an infant. Was the child in a bouncy seat? A 6 week old puppy could not even reach a child in a swing.
I don't know, this story does not make much sense to me.....
| 7/28/2008 4:50 PM |
This story is bizarre. The lab puppy, for which the death of the infant is being attributed, is literally just a very young pup. I'm very familiar with the needle sharp teeth of playful lab pups, but I'm at a loss to understand how a lab puppy would be allowed to persist sufficient to cause the death of an infant.
Very sad for all involved yet stranger than fiction; I'll be interested to learn details as they emerge.
| 7/29/2008 3:05 PM |
Exactly. However a 6-week old baby is absolutely defenseless. It's not so easy to tear apart and kill a 21-year old woman, a 42-year old woman, a 45-year old woman, a 50-year old woman, a 56-year old woman, a 61-year old woman, 62-year old woman, a 65-year old woman, a 71-year old woman...Pit Bull Fatalities from 2007
| 7/30/2008 7:39 AM |
My son had a small portable swing that a puppy could have easily climbed into. Even in a bigger swing, swinging feet and toes could look like toys to a playful puppy who likes to chew. It is possible the puppy bit the child and he bled to death before the parents realized it. What a sad and horrible situation. I do wish neither dog had been pts before the autopsy results were released.
| 8/05/2008 3:21 PM |
If the lab puppy bit the infant in just the right place an artery---this could have killed the baby. Very sad ---that's one of the points of dog fatalities outside of pit bulls that if the dog bites in a very vulnerable spot it can kill you. This is a lot different with a dog (pit bull)designed with powerful jaws and great tenacity to hold on until dead.
| 8/05/2008 5:57 PM |
Very fishy story. Why the focus on the lab pup...what about the pug? Did they check the stomachs of both dogs? Either way, total neglect on the mother's(who is a child) part. Hopefully she will not breed(the mother) again. We sure don't need any more ignorant humans out there!
| 11/05/2008 2:36 PM |
Who said this was a lab?
Could this have been a coverup for a pit or pit bull mix? Wonder what the neighbors have to say about what kind of puppy this was.
But it will be interesting to hear the details. If there was massive damage, it wasn't a 6 week old puppy.