Detroit, MI – The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Emma Hernandez. She died of multiple injuries and her death was ruled an accident. On Monday afternoon, three pit bulls viciously attacked the girl in an alley behind her home as she was riding her bike. She was transported to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead. The owner of the pit bulls, a 33-year old male, was taken into custody after the attack. – DogsBite.org
Family members are remembering Emma Hernandez as a playful little girl who loved school and playing outside. “Such a beautiful child. Very happy. Very smart,” said her aunt and Godmother, Claudia Stapleton. The 9-year-old was riding her bike Monday when she was mauled to death by three pit bulls on Detroit’s southwest side. “We’re very devastated. It’s just a tragic way for her to pass.” – WXYZ
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%.