Police have discovered that a dog that mauled a baby to death on the central coast of New South Wales had attacked a neighbor’s dog weeks before.
At Kariong soon after 2 a.m. on Sunday, a young baby boy died after being mauled by his family’s pet American Staffordshire terrier.
The five-week-old baby was given CPR by police before paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. He died at the spot.
At the time of the attack, the baby’s parents were the only ones at home.
Despite the fact that a crime scene had been constructed, authorities ruled that there were no suspicious circumstances.
The event was “a matter of sad proportions,” according to District Commander Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson of Brisbane Water Police in Gosford, who also revealed the dog was engaged in a prior attack four weeks before the baby’s death.
“Unfortunately, a neighbouring dog got into the back yard and was mauled by this dog,” Superintendent Jobson stated.
“That was a different occurrence, but it will be investigated as well.”
Emergency employees who responded to the scene, according to Superintendent Jobson, were distraught and would receive counselling and support.
“When our officers arrived, they administered first aid. They did their best under the circumstances, and the experience has left them shaken,” he said.
“Anything to deal with children of any kind, especially children of this nature, is horrific.”
“It’s not the type of call you want to get in the middle of the night as a commander.”
The dog has been captured, and a report for the coroner will be produced.