A 3-year-old boy was mauled to death by several dogs in Louisville, Kentucky, and police are now investigating.
The incident, which took place in the city’s Newburg neighborhood, took place at around 9 a.m. on Oct. 1, reported WDRB.
Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman, said that the attack involved two Rottweilers that were owned by the boy’s family. It occurred on Brenda Drive, located behind Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
According to the report, the dogs were removed from the family’s home.
Police told WKYT that the boy, who was not named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
WDRB reported that at least one person was heard crying after the attack. Paramedics were dispatched to the location, but nobody was transported.
The circumstances surrounding the attack are not clear as police didn’t provide any more details.
It’s not clear if any charges will be filed in the case.
Earlier this year, a 2-year-old boy in Louisville was mauled to death by a dog, prompting police to charge three people, WLKY reported.
Isaiah Geiling, 2, was attacked on May 2 on Grand Avenue. Prosecutors said Jack Charping Jr., 50, and Sharon Charping, 54, the owners of the animal, were indicted on manslaughter charges in connection to the fatal attack. The boy’s mother, Jennifer Geiling, 25, was charged with reckless homicide.
The dog that fatally mauled Isaiah was put down in late August, local reports said.
Facts About Crime in the United States
Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).
The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.
The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.
The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.
While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.