An infant was killed by a pet pit bull-husky mix in Madison Charter Township on Monday.
Infant Killed by Dog
Madison Charter Township, MI - On Saturday, it was reported that an infant was killed by a pet dog on June 19 in Lenawee County, according to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office. The deadly dog attack occurred in the 1900 block of Harold Street at around 5:00 pm. Audio dispatch log files from Lenawee County Police and Fire, state, "An infant, under 1-years old, dog bite to the neck." The dispatcher also states that they, "request extra manpower" to respond to the attack scene.
The female infant was outside with the dog when the attack occurred, according to the Madison Township Police Department. An adult was also present at the time. The Lenawee County Sheriff's Office said the infant was visiting her grandmother's home when the attack occurred. The sheriff's office said the dog involved, a "pit bull-husky mix," was a pet dog, not a stray dog, and has since been euthanized by a veterinarian. The infant was declared dead before reaching the hospital.
Husky-Inflicted Infant Attacks
Huskies, as we have long recorded on this site, have a very specific pattern of killing newborns, who are only a few days or weeks old. Husky-inflicted infant attacks typically occur indoors and involve the dog biting a sleeping newborn on the head when an adult is not present. The most recent husky deaths include a husky biting a 4-day old infant on the head in Arkansas in 2022, and a pet husky biting a 22-day old sleeping infant on the head multiple times in Georgia in 2019.
What little is known about the Michigan attack is that it occurred outdoors, the baby was visiting the grandmother's home, and the dog bite(s) targeted the infant's neck. All three scenarios are possible but atypical of a husky-inflicted infant attack. It is also unknown how old the infant was -- days, weeks or months. The identity of the infant was not released. The Madison Township Police Dept. is leading the investigation. The Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified.
Child's Age Identified
On Monday, more information was provided about the victim and the dog. The infant was 11-months old. Upon arrival of medical personnel, she was transported to ProMedica Hickman Hospital, where she died. Madison Township Police Chief Michael Shadbolt said the dog was a 5-year old pit bull-mix breed and had been a family pet. The "husky" aspect was dropped. We did locate photos of the dog on the grandfather's Facebook page. The dog is predominantly pit bull.
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