The baby was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead. The Dayton Police Department has opened an investigation following the event.
One family had to face the unfortunate fate of losing their child on New Year's eve. According to People, a devastated father was shocked to find that his 4-month-old daughter, Raelynn Larrison, was not breathing after a dog was found laying on top of her. Immediately, the horrified father dialed 911.
The Montgomery County Dispatch sergeant said that the call came in at 7 p.m on December 31, 2020. The man cried for help and stated, "She’s not breathing. My baby ain’t breathing." He added, "The puppy was just lying on her."
Terrible sadness about the baby, but the comment from the neighbor, Lonnie Dapier, was just strange-They don't know what happened-the dog laying on the baby & accidental suffoction is not the same as dog attacking a baby & where were the parents? https://t.co/pM4wLS3qUo— Penny Taylor (@GhostWritingUSA) January 1, 2021
Shortly thereafter, Larrison was pronounced dead at Dayton Children’s Hospital, reports Dayton Daily News. The hospital informed The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office about the baby’s death. An autopsy will be conducted, and the Dayton Police Department has opened an investigation into the 4-months-old death. Meanwhile, the breed of the dog is not known. However, a neighbor revealed the dog to be a "big" one.
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for the baby's funeral. "We lost our beautiful four-month niece," the page read. "Please help in any way you possibly can so that we can lay this beautiful girl to rest," the page added. Compassionate people helped the family raise $7,930 out of their goal of $15,000.
Meanwhile, the news of the baby's death has saddened the neighbors of the family. "It's a horrible thing if you can't control an animal. In the first place, children that young shouldn't have a vicious dog or a big dog like that around them," said Lonnie Dapier, a resident of the area for about eight years, according to WRGT. She also added that the dog had gotten away a couple of times.
"God bless that child and I just hope they get that dog taken care of one way or the other so it won't injure anyone else," said the woman.
Dog bite fatalities from 2005-2017. It's the breed. pic.twitter.com/QhbED44eWa— Beachy Keen (@LABorn100) November 27, 2020
According to DogsBite.org, around 48 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities were reported in 2019. Pit bulls that makeup only 8 percent of the dog population in the country are known to be responsible for 69 percent of these incidents. "Annual data from 2019 shows that 27% (13) of dog bite fatality victims were children ages 9-years and younger, 6% (3) were aged 10 to 18-years, a rare age group for dog bite fatality victims, and 67% (32) were adults, ages 19-years and older," stated the website.
In Maryland, Baltimore, a five-month-old baby was bitten by a pit bull reports WMAR2 Baltimore. Garrison Bailey Borkoski sustained grievous injuries that included "a large laceration to the top of his head and lacerations to his neck, as well as puncture wounds to the rest of his body." The attack happened when the mother went to use the bathroom in the early hours of the morning. Det. Robert Reason of the Baltimore County Police Department said, "That adult, at some point and time, got up and went to the bathroom and that’s when the five-month-old was bitten by a dog in the house, a pit bull." He added, "There were actually several pit bulls in the home at the time this occurred."
The owner admitted that the four dogs would roam freely inside the house. The mother and child had recently moved into the house on Chapman Road in Randallstown. The owners stepped forward with the four pit bulls allowing them to be euthanized. However, it was found that only two dogs had attacked the child. The other two were returned to the owners. Reason said, "There are no charges pending right now. Based on the investigation, there is no indication that anybody had any intent to cause harm to the child at all so there are no charges pending right now."