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Labrador Retriever Mix Dog Kills Baby

Updated on August 24, 2012

A 2 month old baby boy was murdered by a Labrador Retriever mix earlier today in Ridgeville, South Carolina. The attack occurred when the father of the baby was taking a nap with a 3 year old and the mother was out of the home with a 7 year old child. The infant was left sleeping in a baby swing outside of the room where the father was.

Upon arriving home the mother found the baby in severe distress and the infant's leg was already severed. 911 was notified at this time. The child did not survive the attack and authorities have stated that an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday to determine if the infant was dead before the dog attacked or if the attack caused the death. Child Services immediately removed the other two children from the home because of the nature of this fatal indecent.

The Dog

The dog that was involved was a Labrador Retriever mix that arrived in the home merely weeks before. Not much more has been released regarding the dog. Through public comments on various news outlets covering this story indicate concern on what the dog was mixed with and where the dog was acquired from. If the dog was adopted through a shelter or dog rescue there could have been indications of aggression towards children that the couple was not made aware of.

Other concerns brought to light regarding the dog is why the father left the infant alone with the new dog to take a nap and why the father didn't awake to the screams of the baby. Once the autopsy confirms if the baby was still alive at the time of the attack these concerns will likely be more closely looked at.

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    • kgarcia1113 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kassi Garcia 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      For those of you wondering, the father of the baby has been arrested and charged for unlawful neglect of a child. If he is convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison.

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      Kassi Garcia 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      After further research I have found a creditable source on when the baby died. The coroner stated the news crews that the baby died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Sorry for any confusion that was brought on by previous news reports

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      I remember one time when I was around 3 years old I was outside and there was a strange dog in my grandma's garden eating garbage my grandma had thrown in the garden. and I tried to pet it and it bite me in the head. I screamed and my grandfather came out and saw the dog, he ran back inside the house and grabbed a hoe and ran after it. The dog ran out of the yard. I had to get a tetanus shot, but was watched for any sign of rabies. There's a lot of dogs that are agressive and there's no telling what their going to do. Its scary when people let their dogs run loose. That was horrible about the 2 month of baby.

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      Kassi Garcia 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      Also recently found, in Stockton, California an 18 month old toddler had his index finger bitten off by a Pit Bull while visiting his grandmother. This situation was a little different in that, the dog was contained in the neighbor's yard and the toddler was unsupervised in the back yard. The toddler put his finger through the fence and the dog bit it. This is a simple case of mistaken snack. Small fingers can offend look like treats to dogs.

      Both could have been avoided if the adults would have been paying attention to the children.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      6 years ago from USA

      I have worked on re-rehabilitating some Labs "gone bad". What the breed was mixed with is irrelevant. ANY dog regardless of breed, age, size, temperament should never be left unsupervised with a child period. It could be the swinging motion triggered prey drive in this dog or it could be the dog simply was not used to being around babies. Only assumptions could be made at this point but unfortunately this is another tragedy that could have been avoided.

    • kgarcia1113 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kassi Garcia 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      Thank you for sharing for your story.

      The most common thing when getting a new dog is to socialize the dog with children if there are kids in the home. Also, most people would never leave a small infant alone in a room with a dog they have only had for a few weeks. The dog was a rescued pet so they couldn't have known if the dog had problems before or how the dog was treated in their last home. There was something going on in that home that the police have not yet released. Two other kids have been removed from the home and the dog has been quarantined by the police. We can only assume that the parents are under investigation. If this was a simple case where the dog was the only one at fault, the police wouldn't have taken such harsh steps.

      I will be sure to update once more is released through the coroners office and police department in Ridgeville, South Carolina.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is a horrible tragedy, and it should make people realize that babies and small children should never be left alone with dogs, especially large dogs. The general public tends to believe that only the pit bull and rottweiler breeds can be dangerous, but that simply isn't true.

      Although the Lab is one of the favorite dogs for pets, I met two adult Labs (owned by one of my fomer neighbors) that were either predisposed or trained to be violent with smaller animals.

      One of them hid behind the shrubbery by my front porch and grabbed my granddaughter's puppy out of her mother's hands. When she saw the leash slacken, she jerked the puppy back and--thank God--it wasn't seriously harmed. Then they ran inside.

      Here's the kicker: The large black Lab, an adult dog, attacked the woman holding the puppy, biting through her heavy jeans as she tried to get in the front door. My granddaughter ran screaming to another part of the house while her mother pushed at that dog trying to keep it out. The dog was stronger and pushed its way into the foyer, where it knocked me down and tried to attack my small dog (I kept my hand tightly on her collar and pulled her out of reach, but the Lab briefly mouthed her head and scratched her.) Finally, the dog was shoved outside the door (thanks to a surge of adrenaline!) and I called the police.

      Since the neighbor's dogs had previously attacked a small dog that was being walked by its elderly owner and they were known to routinely kill squirrels in their owner's yard, I had additional witnesses who were eager to talk to the police. When I filed charges (the law here was limited to not having the dog on a leash and having an animal that acted viciously), she had to pay a large fine. Can you believe that woman wrote me the nastiest letter I've ever received and left it in my mailbox even though her dog was on my property and caused harm in my home? This happened several years ago. I was thrilled when she moved last year because her property abutted my side privacy fence, and her dogs routinely THREW themselves against the boards when I took my little dog outdoors.

      This incident made me believe that any large dog that either has an aggressive personality or is improperly trained by its owner has the potential for causing bodily harm, not only to small animals, but to children or even adults. It took my granddaughter quite a while to recover from the shock of this incident. My small dog was so traumatized by what happened that she almost goes berserk when she sees a black Lab in the veterinary clinic. (My dog obviously has PTSD!) The vet techs know the reason for her behavior, so when this happens they let us go immediately into an exam room so my dog won't have to stay in the presence of a black Lab.

      As for me, I do not feel comfortable being around an adult black Lab, no matter how mild-mannered its humans say it is. This may not be realistic, but I can't help it. What happened here traumatized me also.

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