Baby Dies After Being Bitten By Dog In McKeesport

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.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

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  • globalprobe

    go on… Whats the story? type of dog? owner? was the dog locked up?

  • reader1000

    Local ordinances that limit the number of pets are invalid, unless the limit can be proven to be necessary to protect the public health and safety. See Commonwealth v. Creighton.

  • johncroyle

    This is truly a very sad incident that should not have happened. Although there are no apparent criminal violations in this case there is obvious negligence.
    When you have just rescued a dog that was mistreated, under fed, and is stressed with a broken leg, you don’t put your two day old baby on the floor with it and three other dogs one of which is a pit bull and leave the room to go to the bathroom. Take the baby with you!!!!!!
    My heart goes out to the family for their loss, but also the dog “Miko” who the police want to put down for this unfortunate incident. “Miko” needs to be placed with a caring family not put down.

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