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Tragic Dog Attack in San Diego County Leaves Infant Dead

By Kelly Balamuth on July 3, 2012

An eight-month-old infant recently lost his life after being attacked by a pit bull, according to a UTSanDiego.com news report. The 27-year-old mother of the infant moved into the West Street apartment in Lemon Grove with a friend who had three male pit bulls, and she states she had no qualms about letting the dogs interact with her son as they “loved him from the beginning.” The infant was playing in the living room one evening and then proceeded to crawl into the bedroom where his mother and roommate were, when one of the pit bulls bit the child on the head and then quickly let go.

Authorities who responded to the 9-1-1 call arrived at the apartment and found the injured infant cradled in his mother’s arms. Tragically, the young boy died later at the hospital as a result of the injuries. Detectives with the sheriff’s department are investigating the incident, and no arrests have been made in the case. The investigation will eventually be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, which will review the case and determine whether or not any charges should be filed.

The grieving mother of the infant expressed disbelief that the dog, who watched over the infant like a “protective parent,” ultimately ended the child’s life. The pit bulls were impounded at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, and the dog that attacked the infant was euthanized shortly after the incident.

The Northern California dog bite attorneys of Balamuth Law understand how dangerous a dog attack can be and the serious, life-threatening injuries a victim may suffer as a result. Dog owners have the responsibility to properly train and socialize their pet, and also to ensure the canine cannot harm others; if they do not, an innocent individual may pay the price.

If you have been the victim of a dog attack caused by the negligence of another party, please contact our experienced legal team to see how we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling (888) 254-1234.

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