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No charges pending in fatal dog attack

No charges pending in fatal dog attack

 

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Lusby, MD – March 24, 2017
By Marty Madden

Calling it a tragic event affecting the entire community, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation of a Thursday, March 23 incident in which a dog mauled a baby to death. The incident occurred at a residence on Prancer Court in Lusby at approximately 1 p.m. One adult female was in the residence at the time of the apparently unprovoked attack. Investigators said the woman desperately tried to separate the dog from the child. Deputies responding to a 911 call “immediately entered the residence and observed a ‘pit bull’ type dog still attacking the baby, sheriff’s office officials stated in a press release. “Deputies were forced to shoot and kill the dog in order to stop the attack. The infant was not struck by any rounds. It was immediately apparent the baby was deceased and beyond medical help.” 

As a result of the investigation, Sheriff Mike Evans [R] and other division commanders stated there will be no criminal charges as a result of the incident. The sheriff has confirmed the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office has no plans to review the incident. The sheriff’s office has declined to release any names as many of the child’s family members have not been notified of the tragedy.
The body of the 8-month-old boy was taken to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The dog was removed from the home for rabies testing, as a matter of standard procedure, police said. The results of the tests are not available at this time.

“We have no prior record of the dog being aggressive,” Evans stated.
According to the investigation summary, “the baby and the dog were being cared for at the residence by a family friend at the time of the attack. The family friend was in the living room with the baby and the dog. At some point the dog attacked the baby unprovoked. The family friend tried in vain to stop the attack and was not successful. She called 911 and met the deputies at the doorway within one minute of the call.”
Evans stated the dog weighed approximately 65 pounds, was 6 to 8 years old and was the family’s pet since its birth.

Captain Todd Ireland stated the woman who was babysitting tried several things to get the animal to stop attacking the child. “She hit the dog with a rawhide bone, her shoe and tried choking the dog,” he stated. The babysitter was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Evans stated peer counselors from the Southern Maryland Regional Team have been providing emotional support to the deputies and other responders as a result of the horrific incident.

“This is one of the worst tragedies our community has suffered,” said Calvert County Commissioners’ President Tom Hejl [R - At large]. “It’s unspeakable.” When asked as an elected official if he would consider supporting legislation imposing a ban on pit bulls, Hejl stated he would.

Some members of the press put the pit bull politics question to Calvert Animal Control Unit Chief Craig Dichter. “Do we need a ban on them? I don’t think we need to go that far,” said Dichter. “It seems like when the pit bull does it [mauling], it gets a lot of attention.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account, click here https://www.gofundme.com/jase-patrick-memorial-fund

You can read the initial report on the animal attack here.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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