Child Holding Leash
St. Louis, MO - It was recently reported that a 1-year old boy was rushed to a St. Louis hospital after he was mauled by the family's pit bull. As of Thursday night, the toddler was listed in serious condition at Children's Hospital. St. Louis police say his injuries are not life threatening. However, the boy's grandfather, Vab Young, said the child's ear "appeared to be hanging" after the mauling. The attack happened at a home in the 47 hundred block of Lexington.
Young told reporters that the family had been "hanging out" in the backyard. He added that an 11-year old girl had the 8-month old pit bull on a leash at the time of the attack. At first, Young thought the dog was just playing with the child. When asked when he realized something was wrong he said, "I seen the blood. His ear looked like it was hanging." The boy's father wrestled the pit bull off the child, then Young hit the dog more than once with a sledgehammer.
Initially, homicide detectives and the child abuse unit both responded to the scene. But a short time later, police called the incident an accident. No charges are expected to be filed.
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