McKEESPORT (KDKA) — A 2-day-old baby has died after being bitten by one of the family dogs – a Husky – at a home in McKeesport.
It happened in the 1700-block of Scott Street just after 9 a.m. Thursday. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the boy as 2-day-old Howard Nicholson.
“It’s just a terrible thing,” Ron Filo, a neighbor, said. “They were so excited about having a new baby.”
The baby arrived home from the hospital Wednesday night. He was laying in carrier on the floor in the living room when he was attacked. His mother had gone upstairs for just a few minutes.
“The mother was out of the room at the time of the incident, came in and saw the dog hovering over the baby,” McKeesport Police Captain Tim Hanna said.
Authorities report that the newborn baby boy suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment where he later died. His mother and father were with him.
Investigators say in all there were four dogs in the home. The Husky and a Pit Bull were removed by an animal control officer.
“They have a Husky that had [a] broken leg, but I didn’t think it was mean at all,” Filo said.
Allegheny County Police are investigating. They will turn over their findings to the district attorney’s office. There is the possibility of child endangerment charges, but nothing has been decided.
There’s also the issue of whether the family had too many dogs in the home. They may have been violating a McKeesport ordinance.
“I’m just sad for the baby,” Filo added.
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