Boy, 3, dies after falling 10-feet from his home’s third-story window before being attacked by family’s two pitbulls
A three-year old boy died after falling 10 feet from a rear window in his home in and then getting mauled by his family’s two dogs in their backyard.
The child, who has not yet been identified, died within an hour of the fall and the attack on Wednesday at his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The dogs, which neighbors identified as pit bulls, have since been taken by a local animal control organization and city officials are planning to euthanize them, according to local news outlet NJ Advance Media.
Police arrived shortly before 5.30pm to the home to find the boy in critical condition. He had a neck injury from the fall and bite wounds on his body from the dogs, according to RLS Media.
He was rushed to Trinitas Regional Medical Center and died within the hour.
A nearby neighbor who did not want to be named told NJ Media Advance that she heard a bang and someone screaming, ‘Help! No stop, no stop!’ A man ran to the front of the house carrying the battered and bleeding child.
Another anonymous neighbor was quoted in the article saying that she always found the dogs to be aggressive, and saw them ‘jumping and barking when she walked past the home.’
The backyard is surrounded by a fence, where the dogs were at the time of the fall, according to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. It said no criminal charges have been filed in the incident.
According to ABC7NY, neighbors said the backyard where the dogs were held was full of ‘feces, motorcycles and debris.’
‘The dogs were bad, the dogs, everybody was scared of the dogs. As soon as the baby fell, the dogs attack him,’ neighbor Maria Rocha told CBS New York.
‘My heart is broken. I didn’t sleep all night. I cannot believe this happened.’
This is the second time this year a three-year-old boy in Central Jersey has died following a dog attack.
In March, Aziz Ahmed died and his mother was hospitalized with serious injuries after their neighbor’s two pit bulls got into the family’s yard and mauled them in Carteret.
Neighbors told ABC7NY that the boy, whose family just moved there from Brooklyn, was playing in the backyard when the two dogs somehow got underneath the fence separating the two properties and lunged at him.
Both dogs were reportedly shot by police officers at the scene.