7/20/14: Visiting Child Killed by Pit Bulls
Riverview, FL – In a developing story, a 4-year old boy was killed by two pit bulls while visiting his aunt and uncle’s home in Riverview. On Saturday night, Logan Sheppard and his mother, Stephanie Groulx, walked to the home of Groulx’s sister, Delores Fredericks, and her husband at 12509 Rhodine Road. Just before they arrived, Fredericks’ husband placed their two pit bulls in a crate. Logan was given ice cream and left alone while the adults went into the master bedroom to talk.
When the adults heard the child scream, they ran out and discovered that Logan was gone. At the same time, two deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, who were conducting an unrelated traffic stop near the home, also heard the child’s screams. The deputies raced to the home and found Logan Sheppard on the front lawn of the house with the two pit bulls standing over him. The child was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:30 pm. – 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%.