Chow Kills 2-Week Old
Mesa, AZ - On Wednesday, the mother of a 2-week old baby girl -- who is a police officer with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community -- stepped away from her baby momentarily to use the bathroom. She had left the baby in a low-lying bassinet or crib. When she returned, she discovered the family dog, a chow (or a chow-mix), had severely bitten the infant. By the time Mesa paramedics arrived the baby was unresponsive and pronounced dead on the scene.
Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department said this story hits especially close to home because the baby's father is a Mesa police officer. He was on duty at the time of the attack. It's not known how long the family had had the dog, which was euthanized Thursday. Two other dogs were taken from the home by a man who knows the family, but it's unclear if the dogs belong to them. So far, Mesa police do not believe anyone to be at fault in the infant's death.
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