3-day-old Makayla Darnell died on Thursday after being attacked by the family dog while she was in her infant swing. Photo via malamantra at SXC Photo
A 3-day-old baby girl died at 11 p.m. Thursday evening after being attacked by her family’s pet dog while she was in her infant swing.
Makayla Darnell, from Beaverdam, Ohio, suffered blunt force injuries to her head when the dog attacked her around 6:30 p.m..
“It all appeared to happen in a matter of seconds,” Steve Kahle, an investigator from the Lucas County coroner’s office, told the Toledo Blade.
He said the girl’s parents, Audrianna Myers and Jared Darnell, were in a different room and said they didn’t hear noises from the dog or the infant. He said that the infant’s family members did not hear a sound from either the dog or Makayla.
At the time of the attack, the infant’s mother, Audrianna Myers, and the infant’s grandmother were in the kitchen, and her father, Jared Darnell, was not home.
Authorities said the dog appeared to be about 4 to 5 years old and the family’s only dog. Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer said the dog appeared to be a “pit bull” mix.
The dog has been taken into custody and will be quarantined for 10 days. After that it will be up to a judge to determine the dog’s future.
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