Dog attacks, kills 1-year-old city boy

February 10, 1994|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Sun Staff Writer

A 1-year-old toddler was fatally attacked by a dog last night in his godmother's northeast Baltimore apartment, police said.

The dog, a Staffordshire terrier named Rampage, was tied to the kitchen door in the apartment in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road about 8 p.m. when "the baby wandered over to the dog, and the dog attacked him," Sgt. James R. Sparks said.

When the dog attacked Tevin Williams, police reported, his mother, Shanita Matthews, 21, of the 500 block of N. Luzerne Ave., and the occupant of the house, Shelly Morton, were in the dining room.

They rushed into the kitchen to rescue the baby.

When the dog would not let go of the child, Ms. Matthews grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the terrier several times, resulting in the dog ultimately breaking its grip around the infant's neck.

The animal was taken to the city animal shelter, where Earl Watson, the shelter's director, said today that its stab wounds were superficial.

But Mr. Watson also said that the animal would be destroyed and tested for rabies.

"There is no reason for it not to be; it's killed a child," he said.

Police said Ms. Matthews was able to get her child away from the dog and then run outside of the garden apartment building, where she flagged down Officer Louis Averella, who summoned an ambulance.

Police said the toddler was pronounced dead at Francis Scott Key Medical Center shortly 9 p.m.

The toddler, police said, suffered bites to the right leg, right side of neck, left ear, face and back of the neck, resulting in the massive loss of blood.

The dog, whose owner, Dante Damon Chavez, of the 600 block of N. Linwood Ave., is in the Baltimore City Detention Center, was seized and muzzled at the scene by the city Bureau of Animal Control.

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