Wednesday, June 15, 2005

More on “Death by disobedience”

It now turns out that Nicholas had been bitten by Rex, the family’s pit bull, earlier during the same day that he was killed by one or both of the dogs.*

The news article does not describe the severity of the bite(s), but this is yet more evidence that Nicholas’s mother was well aware of the potential for harm in the presence of the dogs.

Why have her other children remained in her care, when she has demonstrated such poor judgment in keeping Nicholas safe from harm? Why has she not been charged in the death of her son, when it seems clear that she is the party responsible, the person who knowingly housed her son alone with pit bulls that had a history of biting, dogs that each weighed about as much as Nicholas, and had already bitten him that very day?
* “Dead boy [bitten] before mauling, police say,” by Jaxon Van Derbeken, SFGate, June 15, 2005.

Follow-up (June 24, 2005): ”Mom jailed in pit bulls’ fatal mauling of son - she is charged with child endangerment for leaving 12-year-old boy alone with dogs,” by Jaxon Van Derbeken, SFGate, June 24, 2005


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