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PostSubject: Toddler dies after dog attack in Delhi   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:50 pm

A 17-month-old boy was fatally attacked by his baby sitter's pit bull Friday morning, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities also have not released the identities of the child or his baby sitter. It remains unclear whether the baby sitter was related to the child, whose parents were notified of his death.

The boy was mauled by the 65-pound pit bull in the 9000 block of Donovan's Way about 9:30 a.m., Deputy Tom MacKenzie said. The baby sitter called 911, screaming hysterically, and then the line went dead.

Deputies were sent to the home to check on the welfare of the caller. When they arrived, there was blood on the doorstep but no one in the house, MacKenzie said.

Other deputies in the area pulled over the baby sitter's car for driving erratically near Swanson and Merced avenues in Delhi. She stopped the car, jumped out and handed the bloodied baby to Deputy Joey Cardenas, Sheriff Mark Pazin said.

The woman told Cardenas she was baby-sitting the boy when her pit bull and Akita mixed-breed dog attacked the child, biting its throat and dragging him around the yard.

She was able to get the child away from the dog after stabbing it with a fork several times. The woman called 911, but hung up and headed to the hospital with the child.

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/905663.html#

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PostSubject: Re: Toddler dies after dog attack in Delhi   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:51 pm

These kinds of stories are really sad and make you wonder if they could have been prevented either by educating the child to not pester the dog or by assessing and training the dog... Only thing I don't like is the media's focus on pitbulls in specific.

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