This is awful. Folks have got to stop trusting large, dangerous animals with their children … asap.
A 4-year-old boy left alone for a minute by his mother was killed when a family dog savagely mauled him as his two terrified brothers watched helplessly, cops and witnesses said.
Neighbors rushed to the Pacific St. home in Brownsville about 9:15 p.m. Friday after hearing the mother’s desperate cries for help when the dog latched onto the boy’s throat, witnesses said.
“Help! He ate my baby! He ate my baby!” wailed mother Saquina Jubeark, according to one witness.
Police said the mom insisted that she only left the boys alone for a minute to get something from a stroller in the hallway, and returned to find the dog tearing at her son.
“The baby was bit in the head and neck,” said neighbor Anthony Brown, 35. “The baby wasn’t moving.”
Jayelin Graham was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died. Police said his two brothers, ages 2 and 5, were inside the room with Jayelin when the powerful Cane Corso attacked.
Neighbors said the seedy first-floor home of the family was like a small zoo with the Cane Corso, a pit bull, a German Shepherd, a parrot and a snake.
Unfortunately, when news spread that the little boy had been killed by one of their dogs, the neighbors weren’t at all surprised.
“People were scared of those dogs,” said Kenny Rishar, 50, the super of the building. “The dogs belong to the husband, who is seldom here. This was a tragedy waiting to happen. It was a violent dog,” he said. “Dangerous. A big dog. The whole block is scared of that dog.”
Brooklyn residents who watched Damian Jones work his powerful pets on the street were shocked but not surprised by the canine carnage that left little Jayelin Graham dead in a blood-spattered bedroom.
“Those dogs were vicious,” said Risher. “They stink and they are nasty. The same dog ate their (pet) rabbit.”
Another neighbor, who tried desperately to help free the child from the brutal Cane Corso dubbed “Machete,” said there was no chance of pulling the overmatched boy from the dog’s death grip.
“He was trained to kill,” said the 29-year-old man. “He had the boy by his throat. The dog was shaking him. He had no chance.”
After little Jayelin passed away, Jones, the dog owner, defends “Machete’s” canine character. And, Jubeark … well Jubeark found it in her heart to forgive her man … and the dog.
“He was like a big Scooby-Doo,” said Jones. “He acted like a big kid and just wanted to play.”
Jubeark, a mother of four, was sobbing and hysterical when she returned to the gore-covered apartment after hours of questioning at a Brooklyn police precinct. Later, she absolved her fiancé of any blame.
“It was not my son’s or (Jones’) fault,” she told The News. “The dog had showed no sign of aggression.”
Family pets are all fine and good but let’s not forget the fact that Cane Corsos were bred to hunt wild boars so, by nature alone, these dogs are killers! Why anyone would trust that muscly beast around small children is beyond us. May little Jayelin rest in peace. SMH
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