In what is being regarding as a tragic and devastating accident, a baby is dead from an attack by the family’s 120-pound mastiff-Rhodesian mix.
Las Vegas TV station KSNV-TV reports that the family of Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was celebrating the child’s first birthday last Friday when the baby crawled over to pet the dog when the animal turned violent. The dog clamped its powerful around the boy’s head and began shaking him.
The baby was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus and then flown by helicopter to UMC's Trauma Unit, but it was to no avail. The child died of his injuries around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday.
The child’s distraught father, Chris Shahan, believes Jeremiah, who was just learning to walk, may have grabbed the dog’s fur as a means of pulling himself up to a standing position. Shahan told reporters:
It took me about 20 seconds to run downstairs and I got the dog off of the baby. The baby’s face was torn off.
At the same time, Shahan concedes that the 6-year-old dog, whose name is Onion, is a good pet and that the dog helped his mother during a bout of lung cancer. Other family members have testified that the dog has never been aggressive toward people.
Despite these claims, the dog has been declared vicious by local authorities and will be euthanized, further compounding an already tragic situation.