10-month-old killed by family dog in Hertford, NC

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 4:03 PM

HERTFORD, NC - A dog that killed a 10-month-old boy and bit his grandmother Tuesday night will be euthanized in 10 days, Perquimans Co. authorities say.

James Hudson was being cared for by his grandmother at the home at 109 West Railroad Street.

Kent Bowser, the grandmother's boyfriend, said he was doing yard work and ran inside the house. He says she was holding the dog, trying to restrain it.

They then grabbed James, tried CPR and tended to wounds on his head.

"We just grabbed the baby and brought him on the porch right here to try to revive him. That’s all we can do and pray to God the whole time we were doing it," Bowser said.

But they couldn't ave him. The boy died at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.

"Love your children, love them every day and make sure you tell them that you love them every day," Bowser said.

The family dog, a pit bull mix, did not have a current rabies shot, so it will be in quarantine to determine whether the grandmother will have to undergo treatment and then it will be put down. The owner signed a consent form for that action, according to the Perquimans Co. Sheriff's Office. 

Bowser added, "Be more cautious with your pets around each other."

An investigation into the attack continues; the circumstances of the attack weren’t immediately known.

Hertford Police say the findings of the investigation will be turned over to the Perquimans County Dept. of Social Services and the District Attorney's office for possible further action.

 

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