Luling Police investigate child mauled by dog

CBS 42 Reporter: Katherine Stolp
Email: klstolp@keyetv.com
Last Update: 3/26 11:14 pm
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The toddler died behind this Luling trailer. The 2-year-old was covered with dog bites.
The toddler died behind this Luling trailer. The 2-year-old was covered with dog bites.
Luling Police received a 911 call Thursday afternoon about a pit bull biting a child.
When they arrived at 963 North Hackberry Street, they found the two year old boy dead.

Authorities tell CBS 42 Reporter Katherine Stolp the child had bite marks covering his body. The two year old was already dead, when police found him lying in the back yard behind a mobile home. Also, in the back, police found a female pit bull chained to the ground.

As investigators tried to figure out exactly how the boy died Thursday afternoon, stunned neighbors told CBS they saw the fatal attack with their own eyes.

“It was pretty bad, the dog, the pit bull mauled the baby and kept going for its head until he killed him,” said neighbor Carol Green.

Police said the chained pit bull attacked the boy in a wooded area, where two other dogs still remained Thursday night.

“There were some adults present (during the attack), but who and their relationship with the kid, I have no idea,” Luling Police Chief, John Cochran said.

“The dogs, they’ve never given anyone a problem, I don’t know what happened,” family friend Jenevee Escovedo said. “It’s crazy.”

Friends of the family walked in and out of the mobile home hours after the attack, only a few, would stop to briefly talk with us.

“It was somebody else’s dog,” an unidentified man told the swarm of media.

“The dog was pregnant so they thought it would be fine,” Escovedo said.

The friends also told us about the deceased two year old boy, who they called Tyson.

“He was a real good kid, real quiet and playful,” the unidentified family friend said.

Police took family members and other adults present during the attack in for questioning, but have not yet pressed any charges.

“I’m still stunned and shocked because a little two year old, you would think, where were the parents, you know,” Green asked? “It’s just sad.”

The pit bull is at the Luling pound. Police say they will release more information in this ongoing fatal investigation on Friday.

An autopsy is planned for later this week to determine the exact cause of the child’s death.

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