R.I.P.: Newborn Baby Boy Killed By Family Pitbull In Florida

- By Bossip Staff

A Florida family will have to bury their newborn son after an attack by the family dog resulted in his death.

The Department of Children and Families told CBS Affiliate WAWS they are investigating the child’s death. It happened at a home in Arlington, about 90 miles north of St. Petersburg.

The little boy’s father tells WAWS a dog attacked and killed his son. The newborn died at a hospital. Authorities have not released the baby’s name.

Spokesman John Harrell for the state’s Department of Children and Families says the state agency and police are investigating whether the baby was being supervised and whether the dog had previously shown aggressive behavior.

Michael Shannon is a neighbor and says he can’t imagine what they’re going through. “It’s sad, really sad.”

Shannon is a father, too, and also owns a pitbull. He worries this attack will continue to give the breed a bad name. “I have a pitbull. He’s the sweetest dog in the world. I have a two-year-old. He plays with it, but it depends on who raises the dog,” said Shannon.

A spokesperson with DCF tells WAWS parents should be careful when they have their kids around any type of dog.

The child’s father told the station animal control euthanized the dog Monday morning.

Don’t be mislead by the photo we used, the dog that’s pictured is actually not the pet involved in the incident. Please make sure, no matter how much you trust your pet, they’re never left unattended around children.

Poor baby. R.I.P.

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  • Onesxymexgrl

    Poor Baby R.I.P.

  • Dr Black

    RIP little Angel. And really get sick to my stomach when people continue to say Pitbulls are sweet dogs. They are a breed that are not too far from hyennas and they need to be in a area where trainers are, not in homes. no matter how trained you think they are, their aggression supersedes the training

    • Marsonis

      Dr. Black do you have any idea what your talking about…first off hyenas (despite their appearance) are more closely related to cats then dogs they in no way/shape or form as a closer relation to pitbulls then any other dog…there are just as many attacks by other breeds of dog such as german shepherds and rottweilers the media simply doesnt report those instances as its not “headline news”. Just tired of individuals giving inaccurate info when it comes to these dogs that isnt true at all…

    • Zombies

      he doesnt know what he’s talking about,but the ignorance like that is what contributes to the bad rep pit bulls have

    • chaka1

      The media doesn’t report those attacks because they usually aren’t as serious. Pitbulls usually kill or severely injure the victim. Those victims are usually children.

  • nana

    How many attacks are there going to be reported before people come to the realisation that PITBULLS ARE KILLERS and Devils? Ugghhh this is soo sad man! R.I.P lil Man! And I pull ma tissue out……

    • kerry

      Pitbulls are not killers, they are dogs. He probably looked at that baby like an annoying little animal. it just rolls around and makes noise. Pitbulls are a strong breed and need owners that are familiar with caring for a dog like that.

    • nywoman23...killuminati

      no nana its not just pitbulls. dont get me wrong i cant stand them dogs. the question is when are people gonna come to the realization that they shouldnt have dogs and kids under the same roof. love ur kids more than these stupid dogs. like people, animals cant be trusted, no matter how good they are trained. every1&thing are UNPREDICTABLE. CUTE KID. RIP

    • Zombies

      Dont blame it on the dog…where was the childs parents..as pit bull owners they should have been responsible enough to know never to leave your child unattended

  • Angee

    “Please make sure, no matter how much you trust your pet, they’re never left unattended around children.”

    Bible!!!

    RIP Little One

    • thetruth

      I don’t think that it’s a good idea to own an aggresive breed dog whild raising small children. If you have little ones….make sure the child is NEVER alone with the child. I don’t think that the dogs are always being evil. I think that they don’t really understand the concept of a small human. Maybe they do think that a baby is annoyint. That’s why I think that it’s importand NOT to leave you baby in the room alone with an animal. Especially and aggressive breed! Notice when an animal attacks that the owner of the pet always says “Oh my animal was meek as a lamb?”

  • leah

    They need to arrest the parents, this sh!t is happening too damn often. Dogs are animals not pets. No matter how mild mannered they seem they can revert to their natural instincts at anytime. When will these people learn that u cannot leave young children with animals? That is just downright neglectful and dumb, and now the poor inocent child is dead. They should lock both parents in a cage with a few pits and let them maul them to death. That sounds fair to me.

  • MissPerfect

    the parents should be arrested!! . Pit bulls are the crazy of all dogs and to leave a pit bull around a baby is foolish !

    • alexandra

      I have two pitts and they are the sweetest most loving and protecting dogs I have ever owned. At a first look they do “look” mean, they’re extremely buff and have their ears docked, but they’re not. Of course i don’t have children, but my nieces and nephews come around them all the time, and not once has one of my dogs tried biting them. My sister’s Chihuahuas are way more aggressive than my pitts!!! idk. really sad story. May the baby rest in peace!!

  • Sabrina The Teenage Bytch

    This is exactly why I despise pitbulls.

    R.I.P to the poor child, little guy didn’t even get a fair chance at life. so sad

    • kerry

      They despise your @ss too.

  • ELLA

    ummm no NOT ALL PITBULLS ARE VICIOUS AND KILLERS.. are you serious?? If you grew up in the ghetto where they train em to fight then yes. Just like all people are not evil and killers. Just like not all black people are ghetto. give me a f’n break. I love me some sweet pitbulls.

    • bklynista718

      totally agree 100%..pitbulls are the sweetest most nurturing dog but are the most aggressive when raised by aggressive abusive owners..i have a red nose pit who is 8 yrs old and has never bitten anyone or attacked anyone..he was raised around children and always raised around love..my daughter is 18 months n of course still never leave her alone wit a dog, cat, horse, whatever..some children don’t understand how to be sweet to animals..plus when she was born me n my hubby made sure we showed him love as much as we did our daughter..when i was wit kenzie he was playin wit the dog n vice versa..so for folks to start dishin out all pits are evil..its the owners..ITS THE OWNERSSSSS!!!…=-0

    • Bashli

      I agree with you I own a blue pit bull, named Bleu and he very sweet. he does scare prople but he is so nice with my 2 girls. At one point they were called the nanny dog because of their care and protection of little ones. but crazy people over years have made the breed fighters and now they are labled BAD. However, any dog should be supervised around kids, but to me pits are very nice dogs.
      RIP LIL one…damn SMH

  • Drakestr

    Kerry why don’t you move to a Island with all pitbulls and if you make it after a year write or fax us about it.

    • kerry

      Dear “Drakestr”,
      Go die.

      Sincerely,
      Kerry

    • NickyLee

      LMAO, even the most trained animals bite and harm the most knowledgeable persons, Sigfried and Roy, Steve Irwin and contless others. Ppl need to stop expecting animals to be rational, theyre animals. no one is saying kill them all, but these are not pets and if you feel like you want to have one as a pet…then unfortunately these are some of the possible consequences. Bring Sun Tan Lotion with Aloe to ur Island…ur gonna need it 4 the bites

  • kimm

    I love my pit!!!! This is an unfortunate situation but don’t generalize ALL pits. That’s like saying all whites, all blacks, etc My pit is the sweetest lil thing!

  • Slim

    The only good pitbull is a dead pitbull. It’s sad that lame pitbull owners whine for their right to own a dog over caring about the welfare of actual humans. Equally sad someone would choose a pit over all of the other GREAT breeds of family dogs to have around children.

    Like the above poster said I wonder how many people have to die before this problem is ever dealt with. I guess it will take a neighborhood pit mauling a senator’s kid or something.

    • kerry

      I have a feeling the only thing slim about you is your head.

    • Zombies

      Once again,its not the dogs sweetheart,its the owners. Responsible owners who know limits of the dog the own,wont ever put him in the position of endangering something or someone. Yes these dogs have prey instint and were bred to fight each other,but with the proper training and treatment the make GREAT pets.

    • chaka1

      I have to agree with slim. I have seen way too many pit bull attacks. These dogs don’t just bite, they maul you to death. Every single time the owner goes on and on about how sweet the dog was. These animals don’t belong in urban communities. That’s way Miami banned them throughout the whole county. For the rest of my life I will never forget the kid in our neighborhood who got killed by two “sweet” pit pulls that basically ripped the poor child’s face off. In the end, the owner was more concerned about the dogs being put down.

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  • Mann of hiz word!!!!!!!

    I have three children…12…6…& 18 months. I also have a 9 yr old female pitbull…a five year old boston terrier and a 2 yr old chihuahua……my kids and these PETs interact with no issues…PITBULLS REFLECT THE OWNER AND HANDLING. All of my children play in the back yard with our pets and there has never been a tooth shown or back hair raised….i stand by my pit and other pets….the killer and the devil is the irrisponsible owner….gtfoh…all of you narrow minded hicks that down the breed are probably inbred lmao…word apppppppp

  • http://www.showmestate.com 5'10" AKILLAH RICHARDS (A SPADE IS A SPADE)

    this is sooooo sad. I dont like animals (even the two legged animals who walk upright). poor baby

  • nwilson

    I am an avid animal lover. I am just saddened by the news of this precious baby and animal death.

  • Mann of hiz word!!!!!!!!!!

    I have three children…12……6……& 18 months. I also have a 9 yr old female pitbull…a five year old boston terrier and a 2 yr old chihuahua……my kids and these PETs interact with no issues…PITBULLS REFLECT THE OWNER AND HANDLING. All of my children play in the back yard with our pets and there has never been a tooth shown or back hair raised….i stand by my pit and other pets….the killer and the devil is the irrisponsible owner….gtfoh…all of you narrow minded hicks that down the breed are probably inbred lmao…word apppppppp

  • mizspecialk

    pitbulls are not bad dogs. they’re actually a very good choice if u need an animal to do what a pitbull is bred to do which is MAIM AND KILL.
    if ur looking for a dog to take with you into hand to hand combat then a pitbull is perfect cuz its strong as h*ll and agressive; also very volatile. however, those same qualities r what make the pitbull a poor choice for a family pet. why don’t these dumb a$$ people understand that? if u want a dog for ur kids to play with u should get a golden retriever or something. duh!

    • bklynista718

      a person on my friends block bit there 12 yr old..guess what kinda dog it was?? A GOLDEN RETRIEVER!!!!..duhhh!!..lol

    • mizspecialk

      @bklynista718 i get ur point obviously any animal can turn on u. however, i bet if we compared the number of pitbulls who have attacked their owners to the number of golden retiervers who have attacked their owners the pitbull % would be waaaay higher. also, a pitbull is more likely to inflic life threatening injuries. i’m sure ur neighbor’s kid isn’t permanently disfigured or DEAD unlike the poor baby in this story.

    • Zombies

      pit bulls are naturally dog aggressive,not human aggressive.your saying they would be great for hand to hand combat…well not really.maybe if your fighting a pack of wolves.

    • New (Nihala)

      Miz, I get what you’re saying. People can say a “golden retriever, German Shepard, etc.. bit my friend, family member, boss, etc…” but the key word is:bit. Other dogs bite and hurt, but Pit Bulls maim, and KILL people all the time. They bite to kill, not to immobilize. It is a dangerous breed and it definitely should not be around small children.

  • Mann of hiz word!!!!!!!!!!

    I have three children…12……6……& 18 months. I also have a 9 yr old female pitbull…a five year old boston terrier and a 2 yr old chihuahua……my kids and these PETs interact with no issues…….PITBULLS REFLECT THE OWNER AND HANDLING. All of my children play in the back yard with our pets and there has never been a tooth shown or back hair raised….i stand by my pit and other pets….the killer and the devil is the irrisponsible owner….gtfoh…all of you narrow minded hicks that down the breed are probably inbred lmao…word apppppppp

  • that damn sh!t disturber

    i love animals but if i had a child i wouldn’t trust him alone around people (including family) let alone the family pet! until he’s old enough to run away from trouble and tell me when something is wrong, then he is stuck by my side. if that made me an overprotective parent, oh well, at least i would sleep better knowing my kid is ok!

  • Slim

    Aww, poor Kerry… I guess you can see the writing on the wall. All it’s going take is one event to capture the nation’s attention and the game will be up for pitbulls. It will definitely happen in our lifetime, I’m shocked it hasn’t happened yet. In the meantime, don’t move into my neighborhood because I will open your gate in the middle of the night and shoot your pitbull when he sets one foot on my lawn like I was playing Modern Warfare …

  • LaDiva

    This is absolutely devastating news. Soo sad for this beautiful little baby.
    I was thinking of getting me a new dog since my old dog pas/sed away…. There is nothing like an American Staffordshire Terrier… These dogs are not for the weak hearted…These dogs require plenty of attention and control filled with lots of love. They are also related to pit bulls.. I believe it’s in how you raise your dog… Although sometimes even animals can turn on u for no reason.

  • VirgoJewel

    R.I.P little one.

    I love my dog. He’s never shown aggressive behavior- probably because I treat him like he’s my kid. 🙂 But I would NEVER EVER NEVER leave my dog around my little nephews unattended.

  • Jenifer

    This story sounds suspect. RIP little guy. Sad.

    On another note, I hate to see these thugs walking around the neighborhood with a pitbull. I can’t stand it.

  • shawamar

    Should not leave ANY child alone with ANY breed of dog. Pit-Bulls are actually great with children, who leaves a newborn un-attended long enough for this to happen? They should put the parents to sleep. Sad, sad story..

  • Soul Touch

    So sad…may the little angel rest in peace.

    We, humans, manipulate the gene pool of dogs for out desires….pitbulls were created to attack and destroy, which is why their jaws lock. They are also known to TURN ON THEIR MASTERS. Just like chows.

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