2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Marley Wilander

July 2020, Will County, IL
Marley Wilander, 1
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Joliet, IL – Another baby is dead after being mauled by a pit bull in the middle of the night. Joliet Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a home in the 1800 block of Cumberland Drive about 1:30 am Sunday. When responders arrived, the child’s father was holding the 17-month old girl, who had been attacked by a pit bull-mix, Joliet Fire Chief Greg Blaskey said. She was transported by ambulance to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she later died. – DogsBite.org

According to the Joliet Police Department, the owners of the house on Cumberland Drive had put their two pit bull mixed-breed dogs in their basement during their 4th of July house party. Later that night, the parents of Marley, who were guests at the party, put their little girl down to take a nap in an upstairs bedroom, police said. – Patch

Marley Wilander killed by pit bull

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Jonah Jellison

June 2020, Hunt County, TX
Jonah Jellison, 1
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Quinlan, TX – A toddler is dead after being attacked by a dog, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. On June 29, about 11:10 am, Hunt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 9900 block of Private Road 3820 in the Easy Living addition of Hawk Cover for a dog bite. The first deputy at the scene observed a toddler in the roadway who sustained major trauma due to a severe dog attack. The deputy began CPR until American Medical Response (AMR) arrived. – DogsBite.org

Investigators with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and the preliminary information shows that the child had gotten out of the enclosed yard unknowing to family members and walked down the gravel road. The dog, believed to be a pit bull, was in his yard which was enclosed by a four foot chain link fence but was able to get out of the yard and attacked the infant in the roadway. The investigation is ongoing. – KLTV

Jonah Jellison killed by pit bull

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Barbara Cook

June 2020, St. Tammany Parish, LA
Barbara Cook, 72
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Mandeville, LA – An elderly woman died at the hospital after being attacked by two family pit bulls Thursday at her home, authorities confirmed. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) responded to a home around 2:15 pm in the 600 block of Nancy Street. Both pit bulls were still attacking the victim when deputies arrived. When deputies intervened to stop the attack, the dogs turned on them. The deputies open fired on the dogs, killing one. The other dog fled the home. – DogsBite.org

One of her daughter’s, Charlotte Guidry, said the attack was not the first time Cook had been bitten by the dogs, who she said belonged to another of Cook’s daughters, Janell Callender, who has lived with her mother for several years. “They bit her in the face and throat, on the lip, gave her a black eye,” Guidry said of the previous attacks. “One time the excuse was that she was bending down to kill a roach and the dog thought she was going after Janell.” – NOLA

Barbara Cook killed by two pit bulls

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Brice Sanders

June 2020, San Joaquin County, CA
Brice Sanders, 2
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Stockton, CA – Stockton police confirmed that a pit bull killed a 2-year old boy. The attack occurred about 9:00 pm on May 31, while the boy’s family was visiting a Weston Ranch home. Brice Sanders was airlifted to University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he died early the next morning. The pit bull continues to be held in quarantine at Stockton Animal Services. Police Department spokesman Officer Joe Silva was unable to provide further details. – DogsBite.org

Tragedy struck a family visiting from San Francisco when a 2-year-old boy was attacked and mauled by a pit bull in Weston Ranch about 9 p.m. May 31. After the attack, which occurred in the 4400 block of Giselle Lane, the boy was taken first to an area hospital and then airlifted to the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died early the following morning, Stockton police confirmed. – The Record

Brice Sanders killed by pit bull

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Katie Amos

June 2020, Cook County, IL
Katie Amos, 70
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Country Club Hills, IL – A 70-year old woman was mauled to death by one or more dogs, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Katie Amos was fatally attacked in the 3900 block of 167th Place at about 10:35 am on June 3. An autopsy determined that she died of her injuries. The manner of death was an accident. – Dogsbite.org

Officers who responded had to fire their guns to ward off the dogs and enter the area behind a closed gate where Amos was found, police said. Cook County Animal Control took possession of the four dogs, which police said all belonged to Amos and lived at the location where the attack occurred. – Patch

Katie Amos killed by pit bulls

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Robert Taylor

May 2020, Mount Vernon, AR
Robert Taylor, 9
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Faulkner County, AR – On Thursday at 9:15 am, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a 9-year old boy who was missing in Mt. Vernon. “His mother advised deputies that he went outside to check the mail. When he didn’t return a few minutes later, she looked for him and could not find him. His mother also stated that she noticed several dogs running from a field near her home,” states a press release issued by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. – DogsBite.org

A Vilonia man is behind bars without bond after his dogs reportedly killed 9-year-old Robert Taylor in Mt. Vernon on Thursday. Trey Edgar Wyatt, 25, faces a felony tampering with physical evidence charge. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release Friday afternoon that Wyatt is also expected to be charged with “multiple county ordinances – Log Cabin Democrat

Robert Taylor killed by pit bulls

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Sharon Baldwin

April 2020, Tarrant County, TX
Sharon Baldwin, 60
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Fort Worth, TX – On April 12, a 60-year old woman died after being mauled by a dog, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sharon Baldwin died due to “mauling by canine,” states the examiner’s website. The manner of death was an accident. The attack occurred on March 28 in the 800 block of East Hammond Street at Baldwin’s home. A man who stayed at her home told animal control officers he had taken in the stray dog several days before the attack. – DogsBite.org

The investigation found that a man who lived in the home with the victim had found the dog a week before the attack. Officials said he was caring for the dog until its owner came forward. The relationship between the man and the woman is not known at this time. According to officials, the dog’s owner eventually came forward and surrendered the dog to animal control officers. The dog, which was a pit bull terrier, was euthanized on Monday. – CBS DFW

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Demi Witherspoon

March 2020, Portsmouth, VA
Demi Witherspoon, 2
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Portsmouth, VA – A young child is dead after being attacked by a family pit bull in Portsmouth. On Monday, police were dispatched to a home in the 5600 block of Darby Close at 1:53 pm, according to Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found the 2-year old suffering life-threatening injuries. -DogsBite.org

Medics rushed the child to a local hospital, where the child later died. Detectives with Portsmouth’s Major Crimes Unit are actively investigating the case with the assistance of Animal Control. While authorities cannot comment on whether charges are pending or not due to the ongoing investigation, they say the family is cooperating. – WTKR

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