Saturday, September 8, 2012
Fatal dog attack victim Bryton Cason, first responders and his home.
UPDATE 09/08/12: On Friday afternoon, Seminole County Sheriff's officials located the reddish-blond "bulldog" suspected in killing Bryton Cason. Investigators are now determining what to do next, such as DNA testing or an autopsy to confirm whether it's the dog that mauled the 4-year old boy to death. The boy's father, Shayne Cason told WCTV, "It shouldn't have happened to him. Somebody's going to pay for this. Somebody's going to pay somehow," Cason said.
No photos of the abandoned "bulldog" were provided in the news article.
09/07/12: Family Owned Three Dogs
The family of Brayton Cason told Seminole County Sheriff Heath Elliot which neighborhood dog they believe killed the boy. The family described the animal as a yellowish red bulldog. The dog was previously owned by a neighbor, but was abandoned when he moved away. Cason's family owned three dogs. Investigators determined the family's dogs were not responsible. The crime scene investigators from GBI examined all three dogs, according to Elliot.
09/06/12: Boy Killed by Dog
Donalsonville, GA - In a developing story that brings back the horrific death of a 4-year old Texas boy, who went missing and was later discovered mauled to death by a chained pit bull, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Steve Turner says missing Brayton Cason,1 4-years old, died of blunt force trauma from a dog attack. Cason was first reported missing Wednesday night by his mother. At 8:30 pm, five law enforcement agencies began a door-to-door search in the area.
Cason's body was discovered just before 11:30 pm in the front yard of his home.
At the time he went missing, Cason was being watched by his great aunt and uncle while his mother took a shower, according to Cason's aunt, Tabitha Smith. During this ten-minute period, he apparently wandered outside and was attacked by the dog. Smith said that knowing the cause of Cason's death does not bring her family any closure. Police officials are still investigating who the dog might belong to. No one witnessed the attack or the type of dog that killed the boy.2
2We suspect police have released few details about the boy's injuries due to the ongoing criminal investigation.
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| 9/07/2012 3:30 PM |
Comment left at WALB:
ashley -- OK HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO EVERYONES QUESTIONS.!!!! not the whole yard is fenced in. my aunt and uncle have bad hearing.(my aunt is "62" and my uncle is "75" years old) my aunt samantha brytons mom was in the shower. the grass is high actually very high. there was bite marks the news just has not updated everything yet. Lou lou the family dog was inside at the time there yard may not look that big in the video but its actually 12 acres of land and The Autopsy came back POSITIVE FOR DOG ATTACK.!!!!!
| 9/07/2012 7:49 PM |
Blunt force trauma to the head could be the injury that killed the child - by far not the only injuries he had!!! Could a dog with a large mouth biting down on a child's head crushing its skull be considered a 'BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA' ??? I remember the father of the child killed on his 1st birthday in Nevada by "ONION" describing the shape his child's face and head was in by the time he ran down the stairs after hearing the grandmother screaming - not his child screaming. The child died almost instantly!!!
| 9/07/2012 8:25 PM |
Here is an overview of blunt force trauma (it calls out "bite" cases):
Deaths resulting from blunt force trauma are some of the most common cases encountered by the practicing forensic pathologist. Whereas other forms of traumatic death (eg, gunshot wounds, sharp force injuries) occur under a relatively limited number of circumstances, deaths resulting from blunt force trauma occur in a variety of scenarios. For instance, almost all transportation fatalities — including those involving motor vehicle collisions, pedestrians being struck by vehicles, airplane crashes, and boating incidents — result from blunt force trauma. Other deaths resulting from blunt force trauma involve jumping or falling from heights, blast injuries, and being struck by a firm object, such as a fist, crowbar, bat, or ball. Bite wounds and chop injuries may be considered variants of blunt force trauma, sharp force trauma, or a class of injuries untothemselves.
| 9/09/2012 10:35 AM |
I'll betcha money that the "reddish blonde bulldog" is actually a pit bull. But you have to give 'em credit for their creative use of the English language. Breed obfuscation takes real talent.
| 9/09/2012 11:03 AM |
Horrible tragedy. Surely the child should've been watched better. I hope photos of the dog that might have done this are released after any testing.
It is disgusting to watch all the wannabe detectives in the comment sections to these stories. As already pointed out, they assume that since bites weren't mentioned as cause of death, then there must not have been any bites on the child. Also, they assume that if a dog kills someone that the cause of death MUST be bites and that blunt force trauma is only something like a whack with a baseball bat and not something like a crushing, etc.
I can't believe people.