Dog bites kill infant

A coroner concludes dog bites caused internal injuries that led to the death of a 3-month-old central Ohio girl.
Associated Press
Dec 12, 2013

 

Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak told Columbus media outlets an autopsy confirmed dog bites caused the girl’s death Tuesday.

Police said Mia Gibson was bitten by her family’s dogs inside their Columbus condo. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police Sgt. Steven Little told The Columbus Dispatch it seemed to be an accident. He said it appeared the family’s two Shiba Inus didn’t attack the baby, but rather were playing with her.

Police said the girl had been on the couch with her father and apparently fell to the floor as he slept.

The newspaper said animal control officials are holding the dogs for now.

Comments

nosey rosey

And the dogs will pay for bad parenting. Never leave your children unattended with any pet-its a recipe for disaster.

deertracker

It' NEVER the dogs' fault. Always the parents. The dogs should pay!

mimi's word

Really??? In YOUR opinion then it is always everyone else's fault but the real culprits? The tiny baby actually probably looked like a toy and the dogs did not know any better. I have a half beagle/lab who lOVES people and kids but he also loves ripping open toys especially if they make noise and move. He would NEVER understand the difference between a tiny infant or a kitten, cat or toy! As HIS RESPONSIBLE OWNER I watch to make sure they he doesn't have the opportunity to get ahold of these things and hurt anyone. Deertracker you are a ridiculous animal hating individual!

deertracker

Do you really believe a dog is so dumb to mistake a human for a toy? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

44846GWP

deertracker, any story that has to do with dogs or pets, you always post ignorant comments. We get it that you don't like animals. But keep your thoughts to yourself, they make you look like a fool.

deertracker

First of all, there is NOTHING ignorant about my comment. Secondly, I love dogs. I had as many as 13 when I was a kid. Some treat dogs like a pet not a son or daughter. Thirdly, I can think and say whatever I want. So can you BTW! You so called pet lovers look like fools when you refuse to fault the dog for ANYTHING! I don't know the situation well enough to blame the owner. I know some pet owners that give their dogs meds like Prozac. Dogs can go off and snap just like humans only humans have HANDS. I DON'T CARE IF YOU DISLIKE MY COMMENTS! You are no one to me!

44846GWP

The adult HUMAN is resposible for his child and his dogs. Don't blame the dogs. I wouldn't let you care for a goldfish.

deertracker
lmalley77

Which is even MORE of a reason that the HUMAN owner should be held accountable in this tragedy, not the dogs!...Again, daddy's story doesn't sound like a very plausible one if you ask me!

deertracker

Yes, he should have gotten rid of the dogs before the baby was born! What about mom's story?

mimi's word

They are not dumb! They checkout everything thru their mouths the do not have hands to grasp, similair to infants who put everything in their mouths. It is a mistake of identifying one thing for another! I do not know for sure in this situation what happened but destroying dogs because the OWNERS are too dumb to know how to properly raise an animal is WRONG!!!

deertracker

So since the dog has no hands like every other dog he gets to just bite enough to kill? Did the dog mistake the blood for whatever they put in doggie toys? I bet the dog thought the baby was playing when it had to be screaming in pain? Maybe the owner always sleeps with doggie toys on his chest? I always thought dogs checked out things with their noses, eyes, and ears. Silly me!

mimi's word

You are just ridiculous...A dog checks everything out through its mouth. when a dog is a puppy when they "play" with other dogs they yip to let a dog know when they have hurt them. if a dog does not get this kind of play when teething it does have a distorted sense of how hard it is biting. From what I have heard and read in other articles the child died of internal injuries. I am not sure of any or how many bites. The baby was a tiny 3 months old. Depending how hard it hit the floor after being rolled off the father I do not know if it was screaming in pain...why didn't the father wake up in that case? And the father should not have had the baby on his chest, that in it self is not a good situation. A dog does check things out with all their senses but one of the only physical ways is to put it in their mouths! That is why you see so many stories of dogs eating things that are not meant to be eaten...knives, phones, keys. They have a distorted sense of whatever that is by putting one thing in same group as another. Your animal hatred blinds you to want to destroy the animals...Maybe my love doesn't want them destroyed because it was not all their fault.

deertracker

Save it! My dogs never ate keys, knives, phones, or killed anyone! They were well behaved loving PETS! How do you fix this? How do you let the dog know he just killed your child? Why would a dog be protective of her puppies but not YOUR child? All dogs are not meant to be around kids. Either the dog was jealous of the infant or it has problems. PERIOD!

mimi's word

I hope you no longer have pets. I am sorry you have been wronged by an animal to make you feel such hatred. A dog would protect her puppies over some child because the puppies are hers! How do you let the dog know anything? You teach it using repetition. The only thing I have read that you have printed is yes all dogs are not meant to be around kids. However it is not any specific breed or dog and I would have my 2 dogs around ANY child compared to most adults…especially people whose hearts are filled with nonsense and hate and most of all an unforgiving sense of "I am always right".

deertracker

Will you give it a rest??? I have said nothing hateful about anything. How are you going to teach it that your baby is DEAD?Newsflash: These comments are MY opinions and opinions are not wrong or right. They are just opinions.

OMGNEWS

everyone knows dogs kill first then ask questions later

lmalley77

The biggest thing that I got from this article, aside from the father "supposedly" sleeping with the baby on his chest and not waking when the child rolled off onto the floor, is that police say that the dogs were "just playing" with the baby and didn't mean to kill her. IF those dogs had been pit bulls instead of shiba inus, those dogs would have been put down immediately and everyone who does breed specific labeling would have had this story plastered everywhere trying to prove their ignorant points that ALL pit bulls are dangerous!!!...BUT, we are supposed to believe that just because these dogs were shiba inus, that they didn't mean to kill the baby!?!.....I personally would place more blame on the father, who's strange story of falling asleep with his baby on his chest, than I would the dogs!!...Mimi is right, when unsupervised, any dog can inflict injury without knowing exactly what they are doing!....My opinion is that the father should be investigated, because the fact that he never woke up, not only AFTER his baby rolled from his chest to the floor, but while his baby and dogs were just inches away from him while the dogs played with her like a chew toy, sounds HIGHLY suspicious to me!!...There have been crazier stories of horror in this world that I have read about and seen, maybe this dad didn't want the baby, and this was his easy way out without going to prison for life!..I hope I am wrong, but like I said, there are some pretty crazy things going on in the world today!

ladydye_5

I agree....A) if these were pit bulls all heck would break loose....B) how did the father not wake up with a baby and 2 dogs "playing" not wake up? C) any dog can has the potential to attack/inflict injury. .....this just sounds a bit odd. As a parent...any time my 3 month old sneezed, farted, burped, coughed, hiccupped, or even shivered I woke up. (which meant I got NO sleep because I had twins and this was every other minute.) How could this man not feel his child slip off his chest, the sound of the dogs, or the struggle between dogs/child?

lmalley77

Exactly Lady!!...The child rolling from his chest to the floor should have caused a loud enough thump to wake the dad up....I would have to even assume that the baby at that time would have been crying, and dad STILL didn't wake up!?!?....Really really hard for me to believe the story this father is telling!

MBR

I noticed that, too. When they are non-bully breed, they are "playing" with the child. When they are pitties (or any breed the press can get away with calling a pit), they are vicious killers who purposely sought out the child with the intent to kill it.

BAN SHIBA INUS! (sarcasm)

lmalley77

Agreed!!!

deertracker

What any of you woulda done is moot because it wasn't you. While some are so quick to blame the dad and have no compassion for the infant may be you should take the time to learn about this type of dog. I agree, pit bulls get blamed for being vicious when they are just being dogs sometimes also but all other dogs were just
"playing". Makes no sense. I don't fault the father for sleeping with the child on his chest because that is simply part of the bonding process between parent and child. You all are ASSUMING he did not wake up but the article does not state that he was sleeping while his child got mauled. Yes, mauled. It amazes me how you all are so ready to put the kid to death that had the psychotic break and killed the infant but I guess the dog gets a doggie time out. SMDH!
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