Friday, January 30, 2015
UPDATE 01/30/14: On Tuesday, the Omaha World-Herald published new information about this fatal dog mauling. A 10-year old boy living at the home of Jeremiah Hicks had been bitten by at least one of the four dogs at the home on September 12. Four months later, two young dogs in Hicks' home will fatally attack 7-year old Malaki Mildward. There were three children living at his College Springs home each with different mothers; two shared the same biological father, Hicks.
For clarification, these children were Malaki, 7-years old whose mother is Amber Braymen and biological father is Xavier Mildward. Braymen is Hicks' current relationship and brought the male pit bull, Shipper, into Hicks' home. The mother of a teenager living at the home left a female pit bull, Road, at Hicks' home last February. Road is the mother of the litter that produced two fatally attacking dogs. The third child is the 10-year old boy that was bitten by Road in mid September.
The 10-year old boy's mother, Talana Auten, told the World-Herald that her son had bite marks and bruises on his left leg on his knee and thigh areas. Auten's husband reported the bites to Afton Police Chief John Coulter. The chief then referred the couple to the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Auten said she then filed a report with DHS and took photos of her son's injuries. Unfortunately, these cell phone images were lost when her phone stopped working.
Auten said that a Page County DHS representative subsequently told her that the bite report had been classified as unfounded. Thus, there was no follow through by any government agency afterward. On Monday, Sheriff Lyle Palmer told the World-Herald he was still conducting interviews about Malaki's mauling death and was previously unaware of the September biting incident. The investigation into the biting incident is still ongoing and there could be future developments.
Auten said her son was one of several family members that discovered Malaki in the yard after the deadly attack. Others close to the case added more details. The boy and several family members had been returning from the library when they saw Malaki's body lying in the yard. The two pit bull-mixes had destroyed the boy and stripped away nearly all of his clothes in the attack. Auten told the World-Herald that her son has been extremely traumatized by what he witnessed.
"At this point in time, he doesn’t want to close his eyes. He doesn’t want to think,” she said. “To hear him talk about what had happened in great detail, just made me physically sick to my stomach.” - Talana AutenThe Household Dogs
At the time of the biting incident and deadly attack four months later, there were four dogs in the Hicks household, two adult pit bulls, Shipper and Road, a male and female respectively, and two younger dogs, Two Face and Satan. Both younger dogs were 8 or 9 month old pit bull-mixes from Braymen's August puppy post. People close to the case say that Road and her two fatally attacking offspring were put down after Malaki's death. Shipper still remains in Hicks' home.
The Hicks household had inherited the two adult pit bulls through different maternal relationships. As noted earlier, Shipper came with Hicks' current relationship with Braymen. Road was inherited through the teenager's mother, Jo Anna Wentworth Parrott. The dog was named Road because it was found on the side of the road and taken in by Parrott. Last February, Parrott left Road and a python snake at the Hicks home with a note, apparently unable to care for them any longer.
So what happened to the alleged "Pitbull English bulldog pups" that Braymen advertised for sale in August that produced at least eight puppies, two of which killed Malaki? It turns out that Parrott had two dogs, Road and a male English bulldog. Road may have been pregnant when it was left at Hicks' home in February, or there was a planned breeding between the two or there was never an English bulldog involved in the mating. The mating was simply between Shipper and Road.
Finally, Auten and her son had nothing to do with the four pit bulls in Hicks' home. Hicks also has custody of the boy. It was Auten and her husband that alerted authorities to the September biting incident. For reasons that are still unclear, the bite report was classified as unfounded and no follow up proceeded. Now, after being bitten by Road and witnessing the traumatizing sight of Malaki dead in Hicks' yard, Auten's son must return to this same home where Shipper remains.1
01/24/15: Relationships Begin to Clarify
Despite a dizzying array of family relationships -- some of which have now been clarified by the Omaha World-Herald and help from the British media (kudos to the Daily Mail!) -- we have learned much more information about the most recent U.S. fatal dog attack. On Thursday, 7-year old Malaki Mildward was viciously attacked and killed by two young family dogs at his home in College Springs, Iowa. The types of dogs involved should no longer be in dispute after this update.
The first place we looked after this fatal dog mauling was Page County property records to uncover the owner of the home where the attack occurred at 709 Glen Avenue. The owner is Jeremiah J. Hicks. Next the array of different relationships emerged on Facebook that had many of us scratching our heads. The World-Herald clarified that, "Malaki lived with his older sister, his mother, Amber Braymen, Jeremiah Hicks and Hicks’ son at Hicks’ home in College Springs."
The mother's name had been the missing link, without it, she could not be located on Facebook. Once learned, the Daily Mail scoured her page and found an August 5, 2014 post announcing that she had, "Pitbull English bulldog pups" for sale. Within the comments of this post, Braymen also posted a photograph of the dogs. "Wanna buy one?" Braymen asked. The age of the two attacking dogs, allegedly 6-months old, are more likely 8 or 9 months old and came from this very litter.
There is no indication on Braymen's Facebook page that English bulldogs were roaming around the Glen Avenue home or an indication of this on the father's page, Xavier Mildward. Both pages, however, did have photos of Malaki with a pit bull named Shipper posted in 2012 (See Braymen's and Mildward's separate photographs).2 Notably, Xavier was also selling pit bulls in 2011. His "starting" price was $400, according to his Facebook post. They were a pit bull oriented family.
In 2014, at least the mother had a breeding as well. That litter of at least eight puppies was born in late May or early June. Braymen's August 5 post shows the puppies at about 8 to 10 weeks old and ready to sell. It is a grave distortion that this litter of dogs are not pit bull-mixes. Not even Braymen lies about it: "Have Pitbull English bulldog pups got shots and ready to go message me for details and pics," Braymen states. The lies about the breed of dog start after the boy's death.
Who propagated the lies to Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer that the dogs were not pit bulls or even pit bull-mixes? That is open to speculation, but we could not ignore one Sue Hicks Mullins either (unknown if she is related to Jeremiah Hicks). A female friend tagged Mullins on the August puppy post Saturday, asking, "Sandy Hicks Mullins here is an ad for the puppies that the mother of the boy who passed away from the pups advertised. Even says they are pit bull mix pups?"
Then we had to view Mullins' page, where things take a nose dive. On Saturday Mullins posted to her Facebook page, "Prayers to the family of Malaki Mildward my grandson was a friend of his in preschool, He died yesterday after being attacked by two family owned 6 month old NON pit bull pups. EVERYBODY, PLEASE give the family time to grieve and remember it doesn't matter the breed or the animal, ANYTHING with teeth can bite." (Kudos to the friend that called her out!)
Mullins was not finished, however, and next posted an even more disturbing post. "This is bitter sweet in Iowa right now but true, just remember as I used to say when asked at the zoo does it bite? Anything with a mouth can bite, be careful especially around strange animals, even the family pet can have a bad day. Thinking about you "M," she writes. Mullins also links to a video about why "dogs make the perfect babysitters," in the post. We will not link to this unsafe video.
The evidence is convincing that Malaki was killed by two dogs from the August puppy post. It was a pit bull, English bulldog pairing by the mother's own words and sales routine. The caveat is that both DogsBite.org and Animals 24-7 have few cases on record of 6-month old dogs, pit bulls or otherwise, maiming or killing unless acting as accomplices in a pack of attacking adults.3 9-months old is more believable, but is still unusual. Malaki was also 7-years old, not an infant or a toddler.
01/22/15: Family Dogs Kill Boy
College Springs, IA - The Page County Sheriff Office's reports that a 7-year old boy was killed by his two family dogs. Deputies were called out to 709 Glen Avenue in College Springs at 4:53 pm. On arrival, deputies found Malaki Mildward unresponsive and EMS from Clarinda and College Springs were administering CPR. The boy had been mauled by his family's two 6-month old dogs. He was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead.
In the last 10-years, January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2014, three fatal dog attacks have occurred in the state of Iowa. In 2013, Jordyn Arndt, 4-years old of Prairie City (Jasper County) was viciously attacked by her babysitter's pit bull. In 2011, Vanessa Husmann, 3-years old of Hopkinton (Delaware County) was savagely killed by her grandfather's two champion rottweilers. In 2010, Shirley Lou Bird, 79-years old of Ida Grove (Ida County) was killed by her pet German shepherd.
2The boy's real father is Xavier Mildward. The two may have still been together at that time.
3Young dogs have attacked and even killed infants in the past, such as the case of 2-month old Zane Earles in 2008 when the family's 8-week old lab-mix killed the baby. But infants are a unique and separate category. DogsBite.org was able to locate one recent fatality, the death of John Harvard in 2014, involving a 5-year old boy and 8-month old pit bull as this post was being prepared. Animals 24-7 was able to locate two pit bull puppy mauling cases in their files on short notice as well. The case of Martina Jennings involving a 4-year old boy and 3-month old pit bull in 2008 (Ohio) and the case of Annette Rojas involving an 8-year old girl and 8-month old pit bull in 2005 (California).
09/14/14: Criminal Trial: Arkansas Mother and Daughter on Trial for Fatal Dog Mauling...
08/26/14: 2013 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Mauled by Pit Bull Dies; Babysitter Arrested
03/07/11: 2011 Dog Bite Fatality: Rottweilers Kill 3-Year Old Girl in Delaware County, Iowa
11/18/10: 2010 Dog Bite Fatality: Western Iowa Woman's Death Attributed to Dog Bite
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| 1/23/2015 3:12 PM |
They HAVE to be pit bulls. What else would turn on and kill at this age?
So much for "how you raise em". This is pure genetics.
"A release from the Page County Sheriff's Office says the family's two 6-month-old dogs are responsible for the attack."
| 1/23/2015 4:37 PM |
So damn sad. What a horrific tragedy.
So much emphasis on "dogs" instead of naming the breed.
Please tell me- what other breed even has the ability to kill at that age, plus the willingness to do so?
| 1/24/2015 11:54 AM |
Mommy thought Malaki was so cute playing with the "not a pitbull"
What a waste of a precious life!
| 1/24/2015 3:26 PM |
Father's photo stream. Only a couple of photos of really young dogs, hard to tell for sure at that age, but they look like pitbulls. Plus, I agree with the above, no other breed has the ability or desire to kill at 6 months. Such a tragedy. https://www.facebook.com/brice.mildward/photos
| 1/24/2015 5:06 PM |
Dear readers -- we have quite a bit of material on this family now. It took a while to figure out family relationships, but in a nutshell, this boy was killed by pit bull-bulldog mixes that the mother was breeding, even had listed for sale in August 2014. We are working on an update post now. Will take some time!
| 1/24/2015 6:32 PM |
The pervasive thought I had when looking at the one facebook page was
that you can not pick your parents.
In looking at photos and of the "interests" of the father I felt like the kid was doomed.
Not surprising their dog of choice was a pit bull.
| 1/24/2015 11:47 PM |
I realize we will never know the complete truth unless one of those family members who was home that day and found the victim talks someday. They made a big deal about pit bulls did not do it...then they immediately take the older pit bull Shipper and euthanize it although they said that dog was not involved. This all seems very suspect to me. The public was not told where Shipper was during the attack. Were the 3 dogs not taken and checked for blood evidence on them? We don't know because the Sheriff didn't report it. It was shocking to find the mother did have a litter for sale back in August and that might explain the young dogs...but how easy to blame this on 2 young dogs that are "not" pits just because "they" said so....I hope this mauling is solved, but I really am not 100% sold that we have the facts.
| 1/25/2015 12:08 AM |
This post has been updated to include the breed information and related research. It does not include live links to the individual Facebook pages, just screenshots, because we presume these posts will get taken down at some point. Here are the related links below (we could not locate Jeremiah's Facebook page).
August 5 puppy post
Enlarged image of puppies
Mother's photo page
Father's photo page
Mullins' Facebook page
Readers were alarmed that Declan's mother could be so quick to claim "it's not the breed" in the immediate wake of her son's vicious mauling death by two family pit bull-mixes. While Malaki's parents did not do this, their situation is more grave as some parties chose to hide the breed of dog that killed this 7-year old boy. It cannot be expressed how horrific and tragic these death are, but that is no excuse to hide information from the public (or hedge it under "all large breeds"). We hope that more sheriff's office and police departments -- as a public safety service -- follow in the footsteps of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and provide photographs of fatally attacking dogs to educate parents and the public.
As the death of Malaki demonstrates, even young "family" pit bull-type dogs will unpredictably attack a family member. Not just attack, but attack and kill a 7-year old child they had known their whole lives. Typically these dogs "turn on aggression" when they reach sexual maturity, 1.5 to 2-years old. Now there is a documented case of this happening earlier. The first attack by these young dogs was there last and it resulted in the horrific death of a child. Instead of a melee of misinformation or partial information, this case should be examined closely and shared with the public, who need honest information instead of unhelpful, unrealistic statements by people like Mullins, "Anything with a mouth can bite."
| 1/25/2015 12:11 AM |
Looking at the photos, I'm sure the 'English bulldog' that is supposedly mixed in these pit bull puppies is in fact 'Olde English Bulldogge'. The latter is the recent re-creation of the original Elizabethan gripping bulldog that was thrown into an arena to shred a horse alive or rip a tethered bear to pieces for public entertainment. The 'Olde English Bulldogge' is itself a pit bull mix, with some boxer, some AmBull, and sometimes some other fighting breed/type in the mix.
It's unlikely that a family that is into pit bulls would be interested in the Winston Churchill type wheezer of a bulldog. The puppies are, thus, most likely pit bulls mixed with a pit bull mix.
I'd love to see a photo of the supposedly non-pit parent of the 'pups'.
On another note, it's not so unusual for pit bull type dogs to start attacking at a very young age. A couple years ago a girl was severely mauled by two seven month old pit bulls. This is also the age when they most often start attacking canine playmates and each other. I've even seen litters where they started trying to kill each other as soon as they could crawl.
| 1/25/2015 12:15 AM |
Decatur, I was writing my comment right about when you were writing yours -- I did not see it until after I posted. Suspicion is indeed all around. That includes hiding culprit dogs and blaming the wrong dogs. The puppies are not the cash cow, the parents are…
| 1/25/2015 12:39 AM |
Regarding the young age, we did get two examples from Animals 24-7 about other young attacking pit bulls (see footnote #2). Here is what we are up against in searching for them in our internal archives:
1.) The media rarely includes the age of the attacking dog.
2.) When they do, it is listed in a variety of ways, "9-months-old" and "9-months old" and "9 months old" and "nine months old" -- also without the "s" on months and other hyphen variations. There are so many possible search terms, that we just did not have time to perform them all before publishing this update. We don't doubt that the cases are there, but finding them is tough. Sputnik, you might also leave your comment at Animals 24-7: http://www.animals24-7.org/contact-us/
DogsBite performed at least two hours of searches for 6, 7, 8 and 9 month old dogs that fatally attacked and were the primaries. There was no time to get into "young" dogs and "puppies" and all of those possible search variations too!
| 1/25/2015 8:50 AM |
These dogs do have a history of biting. Union county IA has a police report on file from the biological mother of Jerimiah Hicks child. The child had bite marks form these dogs all over his legs on 09/12/14 it was referred to DHS and was labeled unfounded, so someone has blood on their hands????
| 1/25/2015 11:23 AM |
I have to wonder if this current litter was a repeat breeding (as is common with backyard breeders) and how many of these related "man killers" are out in the public.
How dispicable to have the family defending the breed of dog as a knee jerk reaction.
I agree that these were most likely "Olde English" bulldog mixes.
I had the same thought in looking at the dogs that killed Declan Moss. Those look either like "American Bulldogs" or "Old English Bulldogs" as opposed to the typical "American Pit Bull Terrier".
So many names for the same type of gripping dog. It makes ones head spin. If it looks like a pit bull and acts like a pit bull its a pit bull.
I have to believe the adult dog was involved as well since it was already put to sleep.
This is not an accident. There should be charges brought against the parents and any other family members that were in that household.
| 1/25/2015 12:18 PM |
Recall this case from 2012?
Acquaintances of the couple told the Village News that the pair sold "dozens of puppies online for upwards of $2,500 per dog due to their potential size and power as adults." They added that many of the puppies were "aggressive and difficult to handle." Regarding the marijuana grow operation under investigation by the Sheriff's Dept.'s Narcotics Task Force, one investigator told the Village News that the couple who was living in the home "has not returned since the incident."
Meanwhile, The Fallbrook Village News is now calling the canines "American bulldogs." Over at San Diego Department of Animal Services, a department that now leads the United States in dog attacks resulting in human death, Lt. Dan DeSousa, who definitively stated the animals were "Olde English Bulldogges" on Friday is now stating that the owner had bred the dogs for sale, crossing Olde English Bulldogges with American Bulldogs "to make them a little bigger."
Good old "Lieutenant Dan"
| 1/25/2015 12:42 PM |
Well, I'm sure he deserved it. Everyone knows when a pit bull is having a bad day.
When my dog has a "bad day", he craps in the living room. He doesn't maul my children.
Before finding this blog, I never imagined in a million years there was this much killing, this much hiding of breed type. When pitbull fanciers say it's the media fault, we need to turn that back on them. THEY are controlling the media now and it's oh so obvious. The only saving grace is these people are always so freaking proud of their pits that their Facebook is littered with the real truth. Their social media betrays the very message they've been using to control main media. May they always be so stupid.
| 1/25/2015 3:10 PM |
Seriously, there is a name for this so-called "designer" mix. An "Old Anglican Bulldogge." They are shorter, squatter pit bulls that sell for more $$$$. On the mother's puppy post, it did not appear that any of her friends bought one the dogs. Maybe because her asking price was too high.
| 1/25/2015 4:49 PM |
Colleen Lynn, I am glad that the friend called out the woman. What is the logic that says if you name the type of beast that killed a child, you are being unsupportive of the child's family? They are being more protective over the reputation of a breed of DOGS than their own children.
More and more I think back to an essay by "Max" that delves into the psychology of pit lovers. It's a beautifully written piece and puts it all together so eloquently. It all makes sense.
| 1/25/2015 5:49 PM |
This has been a learning experience for many, I hope, especially those who don't understand how and why there are coverups of these pit bull attacks.
The pit bull industry is extremist and actively organizes and lies and deceives to hide the dangers of these fighting breeds that they know are dangerous.
The nature of pit bull advocacy is to actively and militantly works every day to quash the truth.
They contact media, they contact law enforcement, they contact legislators, they contact everyone they can to get others to comply with deceiving, to hiding the breeds, to denying, to making up excuses.
Thank you to those who exposed how this deceptive engineering of the pit bull truth is happening.
With knowledge comes power for victims and victims to be.
| 1/25/2015 5:58 PM |
Another interesting eyeopener is the sheer number of pit bull breeders there are here, there, and everywhere.
But there are thousands of these dogs dying in the shelters all over the country, a huge surplus.
Pit bull "Advocacy" created this. Their hype and demand started the faddist trendiness, and the breeders pop up everywhere producing vast numbers of litters to cash in quick, unregulated and out of control.
That's what Promotion is, which is what Best Friends Animal Society said they were doing, among many other groups, Promoting the pit bull. Promoting means selling and marketing, creating a demand, and we are seeing the consequences of that promotion. A population explosion too, and it all means only bad things.
| 1/25/2015 8:11 PM |
When the naming of the "breed" is left out, it seems almost always to end up being a Pitbull or some Lind of Pit mix. Like the story out of Santa Rosa County wher 4 people were bitten by a "dog", one of whom had to be airlifted to a hospital. Supposedly the people in the house got into an argument and the "dog" didn't "like" it, so it proceeded to attack, resulting in serious injury to at least one person. The "dog" was stabbed by someone in the house to stop it's biting. The article said the breed couldn't be told, interested parties would have to contact SR Animal Control, if they wanted to find out the dog's "breed". Huh? That is some sort of state secret? If so, why? Probably because the breed is Pitbull, which is protected by the vast, crazy Pitbull alliance.
| 1/25/2015 10:06 PM |
The cover up and disturbing comments by Sandy Hicks Mullins rages on. After we preserved the "comment of truth" left by one of Mullins' friends in screenshots and PDF files and published the update last night, Mullins deleted the "comment of truth" (not unexpected). Her former friend who left the comment -- which pointed out the August puppy post left by the boy's mother -- calls Mullins out again.
View extended conversation
Sandy Hicks Mullins
"Sorry no comments about the breed of dogs. This is here as support of the family, nothing more."
"I was supporting the family Sandy. My friends son was at the house with the child that got killed in the unfortunate accident. I was just stating facts. If this is how it is then sorry. I will delete myself from your friends list."
Her friend (continues)
"My friends mother told me the facts and this is how I know the true story. Sorry to offend you. Better yet forget it. I will delete myself from your friends list and let it be. Thanks. I thought we were friends. But hey I can deal with not being friends, It’s a shame all these years gone to waste. Thanks for deleting my comment of truth."
[Comment republished to correct minor error in transcript; org. published 1/25/2015 1:26 PM]
| 1/27/2015 6:45 AM |
This is so awful! Cover up all around! Why why why????? The Examiner dog cult has convinced themselves that the child was murdered and the dogs were taking the fall. The comments are awful, and show the very worst side of pit lovers.
Colleen, guess what? Sandy never said they were NOT pit bulls. She says so on her FB page! (And didn't think to delete that damning post. Still there!)Great now people are saying I said the dogs were not pits. I NEVER said anything about the breed of dogs and didn't want to get into that. Thank you for whoever is spreading falsehoods.
| 1/27/2015 6:51 AM |
Putmeincharge, the adult dog bit the homeowners own son. No one did anything about it. That may be why it was out to sleep. Maybe they finally realized it was a bad idea. You would think the killers would be covered in blood when help arrived. O
| 1/27/2015 1:04 PM |
I agree with you, Opalina. The comments on Examiner are horrendous. I made the mistake of reading them, and I can honestly say that i felt sick. Blaming the child, calling him a "brat," jokes about the child being dead in the dirt, that the child should have been euthanized instead of the dogs, and much more. Sick, hateful comments by people who claim to be "animal lovers" and "dog welfare" advocates. These pit bull advocates do not consider a childs death even a little bit important compared to that of the dogs who murdered him. It is so sad and I have to wonder about the psychology of owning one of these dogs. It is definately not normal. Even the ones who do seem to (as an afterthought) show some sympathy for the child still feel that the dogs should be spared and not be thought of as bad. We are dealing with a whole different "breed" of humans in my opinion.
| 1/27/2015 4:02 PM |
Can anyone from the family of the older boy that was bitten on the legs shedd any light on where the older pit bull Shipper was at the time of the attack? Was he locked in a room in the house or maybe in a pen outside? How far from the house was the attack on the victim? Was it inside a fence or in the open yard? I would just like to know these things.
| 1/27/2015 4:47 PM |
We understand from talking to different people close to the case that the two younger dogs were outside at the time of the attack and the two adult dogs were inside the home. The two attackers were named Two Face and Satan. The adult dogs were Shipper (male) and Road (female). Apparently, Shipper was spared and not put down.
| 1/27/2015 5:09 PM |
Road bit and injured the 10-year old boy in September. Road was a bully-type dog that was found on the side of the road, thus the name. Rejected dogs and burned out fighting dogs are discovered on the side of the road not expensive English Bulldogs.
| 1/27/2015 5:39 PM |
So there's a violent death of a child, no investigation other than a sheriff walking door to door asking if they've been seen the dogs loose (what?) and then hiding the breed and hiding the fact that these are pit bulls, and saying it's mysterious
A previous complaint of a child bitten by these dogs at that address, but not interested in anything other than a fast, quick coverup.
Organized activity by some of those connected to this situation to cover up truth and hide the breeds and potential issues, despite the fact that they were breeding aggressive pit bulls and selling them, and exposing other children in the community to them.
This is a violent death. A formal police investigation is just the start for a responsible authority system.
How could the death of a child mean so little here?
Normal procedure is a law enforcement investigation to uncover the truth, rather than law enforcement activity to hide the truth and sweep all this into secrecy and hiding.
Meanwhile they still have a pit bull in the house and children.
So clearly the interest here is, let's repeat this, and maybe get some children in the community killed next.
Let's not determine how this happened and why, so there can be a repeat.
What kind of community works so hard to protect the interests of fighting breed breeders and some individuals in the community who adhere to a cultist following?
| 1/27/2015 5:47 PM |
The "English Bulldog" was clearly added to the female dog seller's description as bait to try to sell dogs online
There is no "English Bulldog" in those puppies at all
It sounds like even with the bait misidentification, they still got stuck with two puppies they couldn't sell, that grew up to kill the child.
They also knew that female mother dog was vicious and they had her euthanized, because the next time she attacked (how many bites or attacks have their been, I wonder) they could not claim ignorance and they would not find a sheriff so willing to cover it up then
| 1/27/2015 8:19 PM |
I'm so angry. I'm just so angry to see that this situation has a law enforcement officer involved in this coverup and he just will not stop trying to shut down any proper investigation so that this can be swept under the rug.
I wanted to see what the story was with the previous bite report.
The Omaha newspaper came out with an update 8 hours ago.
The father of the bitten boy and owner of these dogs, Jeremiah Hicks, now says this
"Hicks disputed the allegation when reached by phone Monday evening.
“To the best of my knowledge, it is not true,” he said. “As far as I know, he was not bit.”
This is a little lawyer type word game designed to appear as though it's a denial, but in reality he is saying he didn't know- the child could very well have been bitten. Jeremiah Hicks doesn't know one way or the other.
Why isn't Amber Braymen interviewed?
So then instead of opening up a real investigation and calling in unbiased state experts, the Page County Iowa Sheriff Lyle Palmer, who had originally deceived about the breed and stated his intent to just refuse to investigate a violent and brutal death of a child, other than asking a few neighbors if the dogs has been loose, and intended to shut down any investigation over the weekend, doubles down on the coverup.
"The sheriff said the dog involved in the bite report was not one of the dogs that mauled Malaki. He said he doesn’t expect any charges to be filed related to the mauling or the other bite report.
“You always have to be on the alert no matter what kind of animal you have,” he said. “Animals bite — we have to take care to be aware of that.”
Wait, Sheriff Lyle Palmer. Hicks just said he thinks no one was bitten. You now said the child WAS bitten. Mr. Hicks, by your statement, has lied? And you still want to stop any kind of investigation?
| 1/27/2015 10:08 PM |
Information about this case is still unfolding, including information about the mother dog, named Road. We have located photographs of this animal now. The mother dog was involved in the September biting and aggression incident. Remember that the sheriff is likely operating on breed information provided to him by animal control -- even in the rural Midwest, AC can't be depended upon to reliably report the dog breed when a pit bull is involved in a serious or fatal attack.
This investigation is not closed; authorities are now investigating the September incident. What the sheriff should ALSO be doing -- an essential criticism -- is learning who the other families are that adopted the 6 other dogs. These young littermates killed a 7-year old boy. There is a documented case in 2013 of two littermates (separated at birth) that fatally attacked a person a few months apart in Arkansas. The adopting families must be warned immediately to this danger.
| 1/27/2015 10:09 PM |
The sheriff's office in Clarinda Iowa that is referred to in the comment, where the bite report and DHS report were taken, is the Page County Sheriff's department run by Sheriff Lyle Palmer.
"DHS is always a day late and a dollar short , for sure a child either has to be close to dead or dead before something is done , i am the grandmother to the child that was also bitten by one or both of these dogs , i have also made several calls to DHS in the past as to the c\living conditions in that home and the fears i had for my grandson , and all fell on deaf ears , when will the Department of Child Protective services stand up and be accounted for their own faults and when will they begin to do their jobs and protect the children , how many more children will die before something is done"
"How odd that my daughter takes the DHS findings of the report she made many months ago about these dogs biting and leaving visible teeth marks and scratches on y grandsons legs to the Clarinda Sherrifs office and now the Sherrifs office is claiming these are not the same dogs that bit my grandson , so someone please tell me what the hell is this big cover up all about ....the dogs that killed that 7 year old boy ARE the same dogs that bit my grandson .The TRUTH needs to come out"
| 1/28/2015 8:10 AM |
One of the more hopeful aspects in this case, if I have my facts right, is this was a "blended" family. As in same baby daddy, different mothers. So, according to my work in family law, there will be no concerted effort in covering up this. 1/2 of the family will be singing like a canary.
| 1/30/2015 5:37 PM |
This post was updated on Friday with new information, clarifications and links to photographs. The September bite report, however, is still being investigated. There is no updated news about it.
| 1/30/2015 9:34 PM |
Wow. I think I'm going to have to draw a diagram of these family relationships. One thing is clear though- none of these people act like grown ups. And why on Gods green earth does the father still have custody of the 10 year old?
| 1/30/2015 9:35 PM |
Shipper was never euthanized like it was reported he was. Road was euthanized and Road is the one who attacked my son in September 2014. I turned it in to Afton Sheriff John Coulter, I then reported it to Page County Department of Human Sevices as well as the Page County Sheriffs Department! It was unfounded by DHS and has been sitting on the Page County Attorneys desk since!! I want to know why it was not looked into!! I am still trying to understand why they still have a pit bull in that home after two pit bull mix dogs fatally attacked an innocent child!! I am scared for my son knowing that he has to be back in that home and environment after the traumatizing horror he found!! Lyle Palmer is one of the most corrupt Sheriffs I have ever met and known, he has lied and done nothing but try and cover up the truth!! He needs to be taken off this case and there needs to be a fresh set of eyes and ears investigating this case... I will not rest until Lyle Palmer and the County Attorney that seen the report and did nothing about it are off this case and my son is out of that home!!
| 1/30/2015 10:49 PM |
Great Job dogsbite.org !!! I tried to blog this story and about tied my brain in a knot. To the mother and extended family of the boy that was bitten in Sept...Good for you for speaking out and standing up for your child. We all know custody has to go through the courts and that takes time,sometimes years, but it seems to me that this is unusual circumstances......One more thing...WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ENGLISH BULLDOG ???
| 1/30/2015 11:59 PM |
We do not know whatever became of Parrott's English bulldog. She might have left that dog with a friend other or family member. Apparently, she left the area at that time (February 2014 moved out of state). You can see more of her Facebook images here.
| 1/31/2015 4:07 PM |
Yes thank you to the Mom of the 10 year old! I didn't mean to come down on the whole lot- it's obvious his mother and stepfather are full grown! It seems like they are the only ones though. What with the other mom leaving snakes (wtf) and dogs at the house and whatnot.
I am so glad they went through all the proper channels when their boy was bitten.
| 1/31/2015 6:48 PM |
Thank you GtownV, I am going through the proper channels and utilizing every resource I have at this point and trying to get my son out of there. It is a battle and it is one I will not give up until my son is home where he belongs and I know he will be safe!! I will not rest until justice is served, I am making it personal mission to make things a living hell for Lyle Palmer and the County Attorneys!!! HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A MOTHER ON A MISSION AND PISSED OFF!!!
| 2/01/2015 1:10 PM |
Expecting that 10yr old to go back to the house where his step/half (?) brother was killed, and a pit *still* lives, is insanity. If I was that kids mom, I would be enraged.
And whats up w the Dad? I know he is mourning, but get rid of that other pit FFS!!!! He had custody, so obviously he knows his (10yr old) son, why would he expect him to come back to that situation? I'm sure kid is terrified. Who wouldn't be? How can Dad (and the mom of the deceased) even stand to look at that other beast?
And "Two Faced" and "Satan"- seriously? They name these monsters appropriately, but then have the gall to wonder how ever in the world this attack happened? GTFO. The woman the originally owned "Road" posted f u haters, pits are the best!, like all other nutters do. I wonder if she still feels this way?
If nothing else, maybe people will learn NOT to take in other peoples pit bulls!!! I once took in a pit from my BIL, and it ended in a disaster, so I get it. (it killed a friends dog in my living room, and I got to kill it to stop the rampage-awful).
Such a tragedy. Not a surprising one, but horrible none the less. Adding in the failure of DHS and AC, and the hiding on info by that sherriff, and it's a real mess.
| 2/01/2015 4:22 PM |
You GO girl, Outraged! Those pit bulls don't have a thing on a Mama Bear. Your little boy was traumatized- surely his social worker or therapist can advise the Courts that he not go back there. Especially while it still has BEASTS in the home. Shouldn't this be like- a temporary order or something? I'm not a lawyer- but I am a mother and I would be outraged too.
| 2/02/2015 1:13 AM |
It would probably be useful to have a psychologist certify that the surviving son can't be forced to live with or to have contact with *any* dog due to the trauma. You may have more success getting a judge to order 'no dog at all' in the father's home, or else he loses custody. Even some judges are playing politically correct in this pit bull thing.
This would also prevent the father from getting rid of the pit bull, then bringing in an American Bulldog, Cane Corso or some other pit bull type.
| 3/08/2015 8:08 PM |
All of the dogs, including puppies, should have been euthanized. All those dogs, and the offspring are dangerous. Why would anyone put the other children living in that house in danger? The parents should be charged with manslaughter, and the Sheriff should loose his job. Whomever investigated, and decided that was a okay place for a child to live should be also charged along with those stupid ass parents. Xxx
| 5/15/2015 1:55 PM |
So just out of curiosity, is there an intelligent reason why this case hasn't resulted in the same charges as that of Jena Wright? It would seem the similarities in the cases are undeniable and both are in Iowa. Owners of the dogs knew there was a history of aggression in the mother pit to the two killer "puppies", yet they continued to expose these children to the danger despite more than one complaint from one child's mother to State officials. I'd say that qualifies as willful neglect at least.
Is it just a case of a different county with a prosecutor who chose not bring it before a grand jury? I'd be livid if I had a DA that failed to even try to hold them accountable for a child's horrific death.