Authorities said a Houston, Texas, infant died Saturday after being mauled by one of the family dogs.
On Monday, investigators identified the slain 8-week-old as Michael James Obergas. Authorities claimed the baby was in his bassinet in a secure room when his parents stepped away. One of the family’s two dogs managed to open the door and attack him, according to KTRK.
Paramedics responded to the north Houston home after receiving a report of a child bitten by a dog. Obergas was transferred to Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Residents recalled hearing screams from the home followed by ambulance sirens moments later.
“I just broke down when I heard about the baby, I didn’t expect that,” neighbor Maria Medina told the local station. “It was…I have no words for it, it was really bad.”
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Officials revealed that two dogs, a giant schnauzer mix and a Labrador retriever mix, both named Jack, were taken in by animal control and euthanized Monday. The canines will be transported to the city lab and tested for rabies. Prior to being put down, officials with Houston’s BARC animal shelter said the dogs didn’t show any symptoms of having rabies, according to KHOU.
While the incident appears to be accidental, the Houston Police Department’s homicide division is looking into the death due to the victim’s age. The slain infant’s parents have since been questioned and released.
There have been no charges filed in connection with the 2-month-old’s death. The investigation is ongoing.
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