Bloomington authorities have identified the 4-year-old girl killed by pit bulls. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said Kara Hartrich died from massive blood loss and several bites to the head, neck and arms. Authorities said an adult was at home with the child when three pit bulls attacked her.
01/18/14: Autopsy Underway
Bloomington, IL – Late Friday afternoon, Bloomington Police responded to a call regarding an unresponsive child in the 200 block of Parker Avenue. Upon arrival, rescue personnel discovered an unresponsive 4-year old girl with multiple dog bite injuries at the family home, according to McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling. The child was transported to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal where she was pronounced dead by Emergency Department Staff.
An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning, according to Kimmerling. “Early information suggests that the 4-year old was at home with a younger sibling and a grandparent when the incident occurred,” Kimmerling said. The family owns three dogs, described by their owners as pit bulls. McLean County Animal Control took the animals into custody. It is expected that the child’s identity, along with preliminary autopsy results, will be released Saturday. – DogsBite.org
factU.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 370 since 1998; the last year the CDC studied fatal dog attack data by breed. In the last 8-year period of the CDC study (1991 to 1998), pit bulls averaged 2.9 deaths per year. From 2013 to 2020, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 28.4 deaths per year, an increase of over 850%.