A North Port child violently attacked by a family pit bull on the Fourth of July has died.
Boy Dies After Dog Attack
North Port, FL - A 6-year old boy is dead after sustaining "severe injuries" from a family dog on the Fourth of July. The North Port Police Department (NPPD) responded to a home in the 2700 block of Badger Lane at about 10:30 am on the holiday. The boy was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a Level II trauma center, then transferred to Tampa General Hospital, a Level I trauma center. By 3:15 pm Wednesday, the boy had died due to injuries suffered to "the upper torso."
As first responders were en route, audio dispatch log files from Sarasota County Fire state, "6-year old male was bitten in the throat." North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison stated in a press release, "Our hearts are broken for this young child and his family. As a father and pet owner, I know this is one of the worst tragedies you can imagine. We ask that everyone take a few moments to pay respect and reflect on those you care for in your life. Our time here is precious.”
The dog involved, a 3-year old pit bull-mix, was taken into custody by Sarasota County Animal Services, and remains in their custody. At this stage, NPPD officials said investigators are not aware of any previous incidents involving the dog's behavior. Officials also confirmed that the dog lived in the same home as the child since it was a puppy. The case remains "active and ongoing" as of Wednesday afternoon, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor.
At least eight Americans have been killed by dogs in the last four weeks. 63% of these deaths involved a pet dog killing a family member. Each of these deaths involved a pit bull or bull breed. The North Port attack appears to have been savage. It was clearly a disproportionate response to whatever event, if any, precipitated the violent attack. This "family pet" repeatedly attacked the child in the stomach, upper torso and neck, if one combines the different media reports.
North Port Police Department
UPDATE: The North Port Police Department continues to investigate the dog bite incident involving a 6-year-old child Tuesday. The boy passed away at Tampa General Hospital as a result of the severe injuries sustained. They included trauma to the upper torso area.
Initially, life-saving measures were performed and the child was flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with extensive traumatic injuries. Once the child was stabilized, he was later flown to Tampa General for additional procedures.
This is an active and ongoing case. At this time, no charges have been filed. The animal involved was taken from the home by Sarasota County Animal Services, where it remains. The 3-year-old dog’s breed is considered a pit bull mix. NPPD is not aware of any previous incidents involving the animal’s behavior.
“Our hearts are broken for this young child and his family. As a father and pet owner, I know this is one of the worst tragedies you can imagine,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison. “We ask that everyone take a few moments to pay respect and reflect on those you care for in your life. Our time here is precious.”
The North Port Police Department will continue to provide support to those impacted by this case. As this is an active and ongoing case, no further details will be released at this time.
EARLIER: The North Port Police Department responded to the 2700 block of Badger Lane in reference to a dog bite involving a 6-year-old child around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The child was flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert. Both the child and the animal reside at the home.
Sarasota County Animal Services has also responded to assist in the handling of the animal.
No further details will be released at this time. More information will be provided when appropriate.
Child is Identified
Late Wednesday, local news outlets began identifying the child as Daylan Guillen. NBC 2 News spoke to people who knew Guillen at the North Port Area Little League. Guillen loved to play baseball. He never wanted to leave the field. “He was just a really sweet, happy-go-lucky kid. Loved to play baseball," said Nicole O’Brien, a secretary for the league. The league has organized a GoFundMe to help the boy's family pay for his extensive medical costs and funeral costs.
The fundraiser states that Guillen was also an organ donor. Doctors "were able to save his kidneys and they will be donated to two other little kids in need," states the fundraiser. "He was flown twice to two different hospitals by helicopter. They did so many procedures to try to save sweet Daylan’s life. The hospitals and doctors were amazing and did the best they could and everything they could to save him but unfortunately there wasn’t anything left to do to save him."
NBC 2 News also captured part of a Ring video that shows people rushing to help the boy moments after the attack. NPPD Spokesperson Josh Taylor added more details too. “The dog was in a bedroom, the child walked into the bedroom to get something," Taylor said. "Next thing you know, people heard screaming and jumped into action.” Some commenters have speculated that the sound of firecrackers triggered the dog, but the attack occurred at 10:30 in the morning.
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