The 49-year-old grandmother was watching the baby at the child's home on Thursday morning when the family dog attacked.
A 9-month-old baby died after a family dog attack. The infant's grandmother a 49-year-old woman was also seriously mauled in the attack. According to a press release, on May 4, 2023, at approximately 7:22 AM authorities received a call about an animal attack at 1280 Scott Avenue in Waterloo. Waterloo Patrol Officers and Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and located two victims that had been bitten by a dog, inside the house, according to authorities.
The woman whose injuries are considered severe was first taken to Allen Hospital and she was later flown to the University of Iowa Hospital. The baby, meanwhile, was declared dead at the scene. Their identities have not yet been disclosed and officials say this is an ongoing investigation.
The animal believed to have been a neutered boxer/hound mix was taken by animal control and put down after the attack. The animal's remains were sent to Iowa State University for further testing.
The woman is reportedly the infant's grandmother, according to ABC News. Waterloo police Capt. Jason Feaker said that the 49-year-old grandmother was watching the baby at the child's home on Thursday morning when the family dog attacked. He said the grandmother was hurt while trying to intervene.
A dog attacked a baby and a woman at an Iowa home Thursday, killing the 9-month-old child, police said. https://t.co/2URuflQayF— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 4, 2023
Several dog attacks have been reported in recent times. In February, six-year-old Lily Norton underwent a 12-hour surgery and got over 1,000 stitches after a dog bit her face. "They were going to play cards at the table, so she sat down at the table, the friend went and got the cards, and then as soon as the friend walked back in the room, she screamed to her mom because the dog had Lily in her mouth," the girl's mother, Dorothy Norton, told News Center Maine. "And she doesn't hate all dogs, at least; that's what she told me. She just doesn't want to see that one again," she said.
Six-year-old Lily Norton of Chesterville is recovering after her mother says she was viciously attacked by a dog. Coming up tonight on @newscentermaine, hear from the little girl's mother about the incident, and how her daughter is doing after 12 hours in surgery & 1000+ stitches pic.twitter.com/w91CyVuMaG— Sean Stackhouse (@StackhouseNCME) February 23, 2023
In January, a single mother's nightmare came true when her 11-year-old son was attacked by three dogs while riding his bike. Justin Gilstrap suffered a torn scalp, bites on his legs, and almost lost one of his ears in the attack and was rushed to the hospital. According to a GoFundMe set up by his mother Ericka Gilstrap, the Columbia County boy was covered in bruises and had multiple face lacerations as well. She continued to state that as a single mom of 4, she will "have to be out of work for a little bit" and her son "is going to have to have a few more surgeries" so she will need help with his medical bills. "This has truly been a living nightmare," Ericka wrote in an update.
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