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Family Dog Mauls, Kills Springfield Township Infant

"This is a tragic incident and it is a sad reminder to keep animals away from small children and babies no matter what the circumstances may be,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said.

A 2½-month-old baby was mauled by a cattle dog at his family's home on Sunday and died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. (Patch file photo)
A 2½-month-old baby was mauled by a cattle dog at his family's home on Sunday and died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. (Patch file photo)

A  2½-month-old baby was attacked and killed by a cattle dog at his home in Springfield Township Sunday morning, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

When deputies arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Tindall Road at 11:41 a.m. Sunday, the baby’s father, 26, was placing him in the front seat of his truck to take him to the hospital. Deputies began CPR and the baby was transported to the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc Township, the airlifted to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, but died of his wounds.

The name of the family has not been released.

"This is a tragic incident and it is a sad reminder to keep animals away from small children and babies no matter what the circumstances may be,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a statement. “Animal behavior, whether intended as playful or territorial, can have devastating impact on small children. "

The dog, a Catahoula cattle dog, belongs to the baby’s 18-year-old uncle, who resides with the family. Authorities said the animal tried to jump on the couch, was pushed back, then jumped on the couch again and began attacking the infant in the head and throat area.

The baby’s father was also injured when he tried to pry open the dog’s jaws and release the infant from the hold.

The family had owned the dog, a 3½-year-old female, for about two years. The dog bite a neighbor on the arm several months ago, but did not cause serious injury, the sheriff’s office said.

Oakland County Animal Control took custody of the dog and plans to euthanize it. Child Protective Services was also contacted and advised of the investigation.

An autopsy on the infant will be performed.
Jason Trammel June 09, 2014 at 09:17 PM
Barb narb, are you insane? A 2 1/2 month old provoked an attack? You are very stupid.
Jaloney Caldwell June 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM
There is a lot of distrust and suspicion when pictures of the dog are not released to the public. Too many pitbulls at shelters and rescues are called something else to get them adopted. And is this the latest covered up fatality? And why aren't any of the 20 previous deaths this year covered by the Associated Press and dispersed to every news channel? Funny you can see all the USA pitbull fatalities covered in the UNITED KINGDOM news.. The influence of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ I am guessing this is this the 21st pitbull fatality of 2014?. Not showing the dog of course but we know why. Pitbull owners are known to misrepresent the breed to dupe landlords and insurance companies. Just one of many dogs represented as a Catahoula hound https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203363957447544&set=a.1593408923010.2087095.1469544339&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530358127086409&set=a.360182220770668.1073741826.100003366803136&type=3&theater From Catahoula Leopards page Sure look like pitbulls
DianeKH June 10, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Sandi-Your comments are right on. As much as we love our pets, they are animals with strong instincts. They are not people and they do not "reason". Owners have to understand this and act accordingly. As for Barb Narb---if you look at prior comments from this individual, you will see that he/she is just into stirring up sh*t.
STEVEN SPARKS June 10, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Sandi you are correct,Paige you hate all dogs,probably a cat lover which cats are worse because they also scratch a person to death. Anyway, This family did NOT introduce the dog and kid correct and now both the dog and kid are paying the price for the humans mistake again. Even a mild mannered dog such as a Golden Retriever or Lab will react to a new person or even another dog being brought into their domain where they are number 1 to their owner. You have to respect the first dog and treat it normally and even better than the introduced person or animal. In their eyes the new being is an intruder and must be dealt with. If an owner does not give the needed attention to the dog only or play with the dog as before the new kid or dog came in and even pushes the dog away instead of acting normal with it,the only thing the dog sees and understands is that the new kid or dog has pushed her out of the attention of the owner and she is now number 2 in ranking instead of #1. The dog will demand the #1 attention back any way it can even it means moving the new dog or kid away. Our Golden Retriever hated our new golden retriever pup but we gave constant and devoted more time with her vs the new pup. Both dogs knew who was #1 and #2,#3&4 , The dogs were #1 & 2 we were numbers 3 & 4. Eventually within 3 weeks our first original dog went into protection mode for the new pup when she thought another much larger dog than she was attacking the new pup because the pup was yelping near the large dog. It takes training and these people did not know how to train dogs,let alone this breed.
mpk2 June 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Jaloney Caldwell - you just had to take it there and find some way to make this about pit bulls. If you were intelligent and new anything about pitbulls the majority of attacks that are reported as pitbulls are actually not truly pitbulls. There are over 100 breeds of dogs that are mistaken for pitbulls, giving the media and conspiracy theorists such as yourself the chance to get extra attention by attaching the pitbull title to your story. ANY DOG CAN BE AGGRESSIVE IF BROUGHT UP IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS, JUST AS ANY HUMAN BEING CAN BE. IF YOU TOOK A SECOND OF YOUR LIFE TO LOOK INTO THE LIFE SOME OF THESE PITBULLS YOU HATE SO MUCH ARE BROUGHT UP IN YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME SYMPATHY FOR THEM. THE FACT IS THOUGH THIS IS NOT A STORY ABOUT A PITBULL, THIS IS A STORY ABOUT AN EXTREMELY YOUNG GIRL WHOSE LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HER WAY TO YOUNG. GIVE HER AND HER FAMILY THE RESPECT WHEN COMMENTING TO STAY ON POINT AND NOT BRING IN YOUR PERSONAL ISSUES WITH DOGS YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT OTHER THAN WHAT YOU HEAR ON THE NEWS.

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