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24 thoughts on “2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Tucson Mother Arrested After Infant Found Dead with Dog Bite Injuries

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  1. Longtime Tucson resident here.

    This post notes that the Pima Animal Care Center took custody of the dog. However, no breed information has been given.

    I think I can explain what’s going on.

    PACC is led by Kristen Auerbach, and suffice it to say that she is a pit bull pusher. And why do I say this? Well, I’ve seen her doing it.

    On July 4, 2017, I attended the Palo Verde Neighborhood’s Independence Day parade. This is a popular community event that has been happening for decades.

    Two years ago, Auerbach was the grand marshal. She and one of her animal care officers showed up with an oh-so-adoptable pit bull, and I distinctly recall Auerbach saying that it was a great dog.

    Imagine, if you will, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus coming to the same parade with a recently confiscated weapon. In front of the parade attendees, he says that it’s a great gun, and that it’s available for adoption.

    That would never happen, but for some reason, it’s okay for PACC to promote the adoption of pit bulls.

    Is this an issue that I alone am raising? No, the local media is already on it. Link:

    https://kvoa.com/news/2018/07/11/n4t-investigators-dangerous-dogs/

    As a Tucsonan who is very concerned about the public health and safety, I am curious about the fate of the dog involved in this attack. Will PACC put it up for adoption? I certainly hope not.

  2. There is every indication this is a fatal dog mauling. It’s unknown why the cause of death is not out yet. Manner of death will probably be ruled homicide. There could be an increase in charges too. This mother is in serious trouble.

  3. I guess they are going after the mom because she was drunk?

    Dogs (usually pits) kill children all the time. Usually it is just considered an act of Dog and nothing is done.

    • I can’t help smelling the strong aroma of a coverup. Why? Because we haven’t seen a single photo of this so-called German shepherd.

      Is it really a GSD? And, if it’s in the custody of the Pima Animal Care Center, why has that agency not released a photo?

      In this locale, one thing’s certain to happen. If a human being is arrested and charged with the murder of a child, his or her photo will be all over TV and the print media.

    • Yes. That is usually the only time they prosecute a parent in these cases. “Sleeping until noon” (due to drinking the night earlier), and the child is mauled in the morning, that is criminal too. A child’s death or serious injuries is not accidental under these circumstances. Speaking of which, tox results may also be why there has been no new information. Police could be waiting on tox results.

  4. This baby was left unattended with a dog. Was the breed German Shepherd? Dogs of this breed generally love children if raised with them. Was the dog fed? Was the dog bored? This woman violated the rule of leaving an infant unattended with a dog, and I personally do not believe that all dogs recognize infants as people. I think some will consider them real squeaky toys that often have odors attractive to dogs.

  5. It really annoys me that the pit pushers have gotten the “don’t leave a baby alone with any dog” BS into main stream. I come from a generation of children who were raised with NORMAL large dogs, and our folks left us alone with them all the time. Not from a generation where biters are allowed to continue on.
    FACT it is OK to leave your children alone with a Normal dog. Its not Golden Retrievers or Beagles or Pomeranians killing children. The large majority of course are killed by pit bulls and a few other breeds. No kill and pit pushers are to blame for this.

    • And I am really annoyed by the fact that we, the people of Pima County, have yet to see a photo of this dog. Why is that? What does the Pima Animal Care Center have to hide?

      As mentioned previously, if this killing had been done by a human being, our local media would be blasting his or her photo all over the place.

      Now, you may be wondering why I’ve posted so many times on this thread. Part of the reason is my location. I’m right here in Tucson.

      I also want to alert the readership to the dereliction of duty shown by the Pima Animal Care Center. It isn’t just what’s in the news articles I’ve linked in here. It’s also right here in my neighborhood.

      Case in point: Back in 2009, a child was getting off the school bus. A couple of loose pit bulls chased the child into a neighbor’s fenced yard, where he took refuge while an adult called 911.

      The police came, the dogs’ owners denied ownership, and the cops didn’t believe that story for a minute. They spoke to other neighbors who confirmed that, yes, the dogs belonged to the people who just said that they didn’t own them.

      Now, here comes the fun part. Animal Care came and took the dogs away. We, the long-suffering neighbors, breathed a sigh of relief.

      Unfortunately, our miscreant neighbors got their hellhounds back a few days later. And those pit bulls terrorized this area for three more years. And then the owners moved and took their dogs with them.

      I could tell stories of more recent incidents, but you get the idea.

        • They abandoned their responsibility to public safety the minute they saw all that Best Friends money being waved at them. Just look the other way while pit bulls kill people, and you too can have wads of cash. It’s disgusting, and IMO the public should have recourse, and a way to force these activists to do their actual jobs.

    • YES. This “NO child should ever be alone with ANY dog!’ crap is pit pushers trying to normalize sudden dog aggression by making it seem like all dogs are ticking time bombs.

      Now, our neighbors (and good friends) have the world’s most adorable baby girl (currently; my two were of course cuter when they were babies, but aside from that). Both times she’s been at our house for a visit our GSD was put outside, because he barked nervously at the baby the first time she came over and I decided that, since he’s a puppy himself and not accustomed to babies, I’d rather be safe than sorry. But when our older daughter was a baby, we had a collie/shepherd mix who never had a problem with her–loved her from the minute we brought her home–and never attacked or bit her. I DO think toddlers should be watched with dogs until they learn not to pull tails/ears etc., but this ridiculous “If they’re under fourteen, never leave them alone with your trusted family pet!” nonsense is just that: nonsense.

      The irony of this “Never alone!” stuff being pushed by the same people who claim there was such a thing as a “nanny dog,” never fails to amuse/disgust me.

  6. This woman murdered that baby, dogs do not usually feed off humans unless feed off humans unless they have been starved. This woman was known for going to the club drinking till falling over and people would wonder who was watching her child. This poor baby probably died and the mom had no idea because she was just drunk for days and the baby and the dog were unattended to baby passed away dog had nothing else to feed on and it had to survive. Baby was already in rigor mortis when found(look up info on it) that baby was dead longer than a couple hours. Being charged for endangerment is ridiculousness a child is dead! She didn’t allow dad to be involved and was trying to still live the single life although a baby was in the middle of all that. Why doesn’t anyone speak about her family and political involvement, what other woman found with a dead baby gets let out within 6 hours of being found in that manner? If this doesn’t disgust you there is something wrong.

    • We have certainly wondered about the unusual treatment of this case by officials. The mother was released to the custody of her parents afterward too — highly unusual, at least in our experience of tracking fatal dog maulings. We heard rumors the dog was new to the home. Do you know anything about that?

      • The dog was not new to the home, that is what was publicized but that dog had been with her for years, it was an old dog. Yes there is a lot of people not understanding why she was treated so lightly as if the child’s death was not as important as protecting her. She used the dog to cover up her crime. Unfortunately it seems that the police department or the investigation department was not able to prove that the baby had been long dead and if a baby is not being care for what makes you think she was caring for the dog Instinct tell the dog to survive. From what one of the First Responders commented she attempted to say the baby was attacked by the dog there is not enough markings on the baby as there has been on other people when attacked by a dog I do however believe that the dog have to resort to feeding. With the charges pending in the connections she is not expected to spend time in jail. Given the amount of places you can literally drop off a baby if you do not want it or if you don’t think you can take care of it the mere fact that she was so intoxicated while caring for the baby should carry a heavy sentence. I have always stood by the side of law I have always believed in the system I have always believed that they are here to protect and serve and help. To see with my own eyes the way some people will be treated because of who their families are regardless of the crime is heartbreaking and disgusting.

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