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An Infant is Killed by the Family Dog in San Marcos, Texas

Monday, February 13th, 2017
A sable/black German Shepherd dog.

A sable/black German Shepherd dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A two-month-old baby girl was killed inside her home by the family dog on January 17, 2017, in San Marcos, Texas. Police officers got a call that afternoon regarding an infant with numerous animal bites and responded, along with emergency medical services. Before they arrived on the scene, the baby’s father was talked through procedures for CPR over the phone. Once the response team arrived, the baby was transported by EMS to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. Soon after, the infant was pronounced dead. The family dog, a German shepherd, was impounded by animal control.

Kelly Earnest, San Marcos Police Department Commander, reported on the events that occurred, according to the baby’s father, who is in his 30s. The man said he took a nap on the couch with the baby next to him in an infant bouncy seat. After about 20 minutes, the man woke up and discovered the baby injured, cold, and nonresponsive.

The 8-year-old German shepherd was part of the family from the time he was a puppy and had shown no previous signs of aggression. Ernest said the family will decide whether to euthanize the dog.

The San Marcos Police Department released a statement saying that the father would not consent to drug or alcohol testing. They also said there wasn’t sufficient probable cause to get a warrant for alcohol or drug blood tests on the father. However, the investigation will be thorough and there is a pending possibility of criminal charges.

Bringing a new baby into a home with a dog is a situation that should be handled with great care and caution, as this tragic dog attack fatality demonstrates.

–Guest Contributor



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