A family dog killed a newborn baby in the middle of the night in Kearney, Nebraska.
Dog Kills Newborn
Kearney, NE - On Friday afternoon, it was reported that a 1-month old baby girl died as a result of blunt force and cranial trauma inflicted by a family dog. The attack occurred about 3:00 am Wednesday, according to Kearney Police. A Good Samaritan ambulance was dispatched to a home in the 500 block of West 14th Street for an infant not breathing. KPD was first to arrive on scene and discovered the newborn dead. A family American bulldog inflicted the deadly attack.
Police did not issue a press release after the fatal dog mauling. However, Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton did issue a release Friday stating that an autopsy performed on February 11 confirmed the infant died as a result of blunt force and cranial trauma caused by an American bulldog residing in the home. An investigation into the history of the dog revealed no prior known aggression. The cause of death was ruled accidental. The dog was euthanized on February 10.
Fatal Dog Mauling Trends
This is the only recorded fatal dog mauling in Nebraska since 2005. Last year, we discussed fatal dog attacks that occur in the "middle of the night." We stated then, "We do not track the time of a fatal attack. Perhaps we should, especially for ages 0-2 years old." A 2019 Central Texas pediatric study reported that most serious dog bite injuries occurred during the evening hours, 46.8% (5:00 pm to 8:59 pm). During the night hours (9:00 pm to 4:59 am), only 13.8% of injuries occurred.
Last year, there were six John or Jane Doe fatal dog maulings, which is a high number of unnamed victims. Each person was killed by a family dog. In half of the cases, police did not issue a press release after the death. These deaths were only discovered through FOIA requests by this nonprofit, and in one case, a request sent in by a local media outlet. Of the 46 persons killed by dogs in 2020, nearly one-quarter, 22%, lacked an official news release, a disturbing trend.
Had the Buffalo County attorney, in this instance, not issued a news release, this infant's death likely would have gone undetected.
It is proper to question why this occurred. Is Covid-19 impacting normal protocols? Over 95% of information that reaches the public about fatal dog maulings does so by the media directly reporting police and coroner news releases. Without these releases, the media reports are absent. During 2020, we also saw a 45% decrease in media reports regarding fatal dog maulings. That was Covid-related, as the media industry lost over 36,000 jobs from January through June 2020.
Finally, from November 1, 2019 to February 12, 2020 (pre-pandemic), there were 16 dog bite fatalities reported. From November 1, 2020 to February 12, 2021 (amidst pandemic) there were 6 dog bite fatalities reported, an abnormal decrease of 63%. There is no precedent for this. When combining 15 years of dog bite fatalities, there are no seasonal differences in the frequency. This is unlike nonfatal dog bites, where frequency increases during the spring and summer months.
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The official ruling is incorrect. The death is not the result of accident due to unknown cause. The death is the result of a human being in reasonable proximity to an unpredictable and/or predictable dangerous canine. What else can be expected? Dangerous canines doing what dangerous canines do: For the first time, insidiously, without warning, killing and maiming their targeted perfect victims. Warning label on the five gallon bucket, warning label on the lithium ion batteries, warning label on the plastic wrap, but no warning label on the dangerous animal. How many people are seriously maimed every day, just in this country?
Thank goodness it was not allowed to be loose on the street!
You hit the nail on its head! People are very well aware of the dangers if owning bully breeds,and your right this no accident! The parents should be charged with murder for allowing a known dangerous unpredictable animal around their baby. This makes 4 infants this year already killed by bully breeds! When are people going to say enough?
People on social media keep infants on or next to pits, Rottweilers etc.. just saw one before… Parents DO know better but are having an argument with the universe… and if they lose its the child that pays. Any parent that brings a dangerous dog as defined by most insurance companies… with an infant should be required to go for a class and obtain a liability policy for any damages done to anyone.
I personally believe that the media has used Covid has an excuse to cease reporting inconvenient stories that do not fit their narrative. Pit bulls are being billed as the perfect family dog, so news stories that show death by pit bull are ignored.
Absolutely right. During the pandemic, news outlets urged their viewers to go out and get a pet during isolation. Then, they did story after story about how the shelters were emptied of dogs. We all know these shelters are packed with pits. Uninformed chumps adopted these time-bombs. This is why I don’t always blame the owner-victims. They’re being fed a steady diet of feel-good stories about the poor, misunderstood, big, loveable lugs in the shelters. Honest to God, I know people who are intelligent, kind folks who still think it’s “how you raise them.” I’m seeing more and more pit bulls dragging their owners down the street, often with children in tow. Knowing what I know, I have to bite my tongue and say a prayer their little ones won’t be the next “accident.”
I feel the exact same way. Pit attacks were already being covered up before covid. Now this is the perfect opportunity to ignore pit attacks in greater amounts because a lot of people only want to hear about the virus. It’s tragic.
Dog bites were on the rise last year because of shelter covid dogs and we all know the majority of shelter dogs are bully breeds, but it was barely talked about.
When you hear the words “shelter dog,” think pit bull. And plan your life accordingly.
Your right. It doesn’t fit their narrative or loving family dog. This is a dangerous cult we are in today where dog life is being held to a higher standard than human life. Its disgusting and shameful and many children will end up paying the price for it to.
If the cause of death was “ accidental “ , why euthanize the dog ….lol.
Oh, perhaps the parents need to be charged with murder because…..
ITS ALL HOW YOU RAISE THEM .
This was clearly a dog trained to kill infants…..somebody needs to look into these human homicide by trained House pet victims ! 🙄
that is exactly right-by their own claims this dog was obviously trained to kill infants -so by no charges ever being filed -that is saying that raising a dog to kill infants is completely acceptable by law
You are ignorant. No one Trained the dog to attack a baby. Research it. Numerous reports of family dog – no history of aggression – kills or maims family member. In one case, man of the house
Not true. The instinct to kill has been bred into their genetic and chemical makeup. It is impossible to train out of them, because they are unpredictable. One day they just appear to snap for absolutely no reason.
Exactly! 👏 when these dogs kill the child’s parents should automatically go to prison and the dog extinguished! These parents know very well they are playing Roulette with the lives of their children! These are NOT accidents but the media will sure say it is just to sweep what this breed does under the proverbial rug.
Y’know, having trained dogs I’m trying to figure out how exactly one would go about training dogs to eat babies.
Wave dolls at them covered in bacon grease?
How about all the slaughtered grannies? Gravy-coated Depends?
I don’t think these pitbull cultists have a clue how loony they sound.
I am grateful that the victim was not someone outside this household of the parents’ poor choices. Call it an American Bulldog to sound fancy, if you like, it is still a pit. Agree with above this was no “accident”… I get tired of hearing that word being used incorrectly and bastardized.
American Bulldog is short for American PIT BULL dog.
Another innocent, defenseless child sacrificed on the alter of pibble worship. When will people wake up?
What is NCRC?
National Canine Research Council. It’s a front for the pit bull industry.
It isn’t remarkable that pitbull maulings aren’t being covered by the news stories.
For starters because every mainstream media outlet in the USA at this point (other than alternative news like this site) is owned by the same seven corporations and they’re selling goods to the pitbull cultists if not outright supporting them.
Secondly it’s dangerous to journalists to tell the truth. Who wants years of death threats over an honest pitbull article when they can get the same amount of clicks (aka cash) for a pitbull in a bonnet with a sob story?
It’s the same reason we couldn’t get coverage here when there were 6k evictions in a single month done on a faulty internet site that was inaccessible to most of the victims. They weren’t cute and fluffy, they were desperate people.
Because it’s more profitable to yabble on about wearing a second mask and new strains of COVID than to talk about the actual proven fallout of this rampaging disease.
Right now people are *importing* mutt dogs here because everyone wants a dog to walk around, with. And oh, the sobbity sob stories in the media about all these “saved” dogs. Nobody talks about what it’s costing or how profitable this recent upswing in the dog business, is.
I don’t even want to think about the fallout when they all go back to work and there’s a plethora of ill-behaved, barking nuisance dogs left at home to fend for themselves all day by people who didn’t bother to train them for that eventuality. Betcha maulings really spike then.
So true on all counts. Because of Covid and upon the advice of some addle-minded advocates, people were told to “adopt” a poor doggie from the shelter. The new “family member” or “fur-baby” (ugh!) will be your devoted friend and help you through the isolation. Then, because people are hoodwinked by all the feel-good-hero-dog nonsense in TV, they walk into a shelter packed with pits/mixes. Of course, they’re met with a plethora of lies and devious pit plots to unload these loathsome creatures. hence, empty shelters. That’s what makes the news. Not fur babies killing skin babies. Those are just tragic “accidents” that don’t make for big ratings..
So true on all counts. Because of Covid and upon the advice of some addle-minded advocates, people were told to “adopt” a poor doggie from the shelter. The new “family member” or “fur-baby” (ugh!) will be your devoted friend and help you through the isolation. Then, because people are hoodwinked by all the feel-good-hero-dog nonsense on TV, they walk into a shelter packed with pits/mixes. Of course, they’re met with a plethora of lies and devious pit plots to unload these loathsome creatures. Hence, empty shelters. That’s what makes the news. Not fur babies killing skin babies. Those are just tragic “accidents” that don’t make for big ratings..