Omar Martinez, 3-years old, was killed by his family's pet pit bull.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 01/12/10: Investigators say they have found no evidence of negligence and have concluded that the death of Omar Martinez was a "misfortunate incident." This conclusion was drawn despite the pit bull's documented 30-year track record of seriously injuring and killing innocent children. At what point will authorities hold parents accountable for these preventable deaths? It is estimated that by 2014 or earlier, pit bulls will maul 200 Americans to death.1
01/10/10: Boy Killed in Backyard
Apple Valley, CA - Just nine days into the New Year and a pet pit bull has already killed another innocent child. Authorities say that 3-year old Omar Martinez died Saturday after he was bitten by his family's pit bull. Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. to a residence in the 23500 block of Goshute Avenue. The boy was rushed to a local hospital but did not survive. Sheriff's officials said he was pronounced dead at 4:41 p.m.
Victorville Daily Press reports that the dog's owners were unable to gain control of the dog. When firefighters arrived, the pit bull, covered in blood, came out and started to attack firefighters. A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the animal. Art Bishop, a deputy chief with the Apple Valley Fire Protection District, said the boy and his father had been in the backyard. The father reportedly stepped away briefly and the pit bull attacked.
A pit bull bit a toddler on the throat Saturday afternoon and then tried to attack rescuers until a deputy shot the dog, officials said.
Someone at the scene in the 23500 block of Goshute Avenue tried to administer CPR following the 2:52 p.m. attack, according to initial reports.
The dog’s owners were unable to get control of the dog. And when firefighters arrived on scene, the dog, covered in blood, came out and started to attack firefighters, said Art Bishop, a deputy chief with the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy shot the dog, Bishop said. - Don Holland, Victorville Daily Press, January 10, 2010
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