Skip to comments.7-day-old Florida infant dies after pit bull bite
Posted on 04/14/2010 3:32:37 PM PDT by Chet 99
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A pit bull terrier fatally mauled a 7-day-old baby Wednesday as the child apparently lay next to his sleeping teenage mother.
The mother, whom neighbors identified as Nicole Koezeno, 16, didn't discover Thomas James Carter Jr. was dead until a neighbor said she knocked on the mother's door and woke her around noon. Koezeno answered the door, then turned around and saw what had happened to her newborn son, neighbors told the St. Petersburg Times.
Neighbor Jackie Frishe, 19, said the baby had claw and puncture marks on his back and stomach.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/14/1579228/7-day-old-florida-infant-dies.html#ixzz0l7IZ8GoY
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I wonder if the pit bull owners will be posting happy hippo images and jokes in this thread.
Teenage mother sleeping till noon sure doesn’t make it sound like the child ever had a chance.
Not only sleeping until noon, but sleeping through the attack and death of her child who was sleeping right next to her.
She must have been stoned or drunk or both.
Do you have kids? Cause she was probably up a lot at night and was snatching a nap and I don’t blame her for that. I just wish she had woke up and her baby was alive.
Nah, the writer got it wrong....I’m sure this was a Golden Retriever....its always the Golden Retrievers not the pitbulls.
I hope not. There are certian breeds of dog that should not be trusted around small children. Dogs can become jealous of babies. Pits aren’t the only ones though, I have seen a Charpee become violently jealous of a new born, and it was put down before it could act. I would never consider owning a pitbull though.
She was probably partying at the local “Rap” club until 3am, lookin’ for a new babydaddy.
Sharpei’s, Pitt Bulls, it’s all the same.. FIGHTING dogs which also include Chow Chow’s and Rottweilers don’t mix with babies. I guess in this girl’s case, “It’s all good”. You play with the Michael Vick types, you get BURNED.
Now that I can certainly agree with. Moms, even new moms, especially new moms, usually sleep much lighter, not heavier!
But this dog shouldn't have been anywhere near the baby. Such a sad story.
Oh boy, I misspelled the heck out of Sharpei, didn’t I?
You are right, though, it is the fighting dogs.
However, my friend did have his face bitten off as a small child by a golden retreiver that had been poisoned by a neighbor. The damage was severe, but surgery made it mostly undetectable.
I also had to have a Chow Chow that I adopted off of the streets of New Orleans put to sleep when it turned on me and bit me after I told it to go outside for latrine duties. I pointed to the back door, it fell over on its side in protest, I reached down to urge the dog with my hand gently, and then I knew what fangs in flesh felt like. Very fast, multiple bites before I could even react. This dog did display other temperament problems prior to this attack as well.
I read of a story where a Pomeranian killed a newborn. It doesn’t take a big dog to hurt a little baby like that.
When I brought the baby home from the hospital she slept right next to my bed and every noise in the middle of the night brought me wide awake.
My sister is dealing with my niece and her two kids right now. My niece isn’t a bad girl but she’s too immature to deal with two children and a teenage father who doesn’t want to deal with anything. They just moved into my sister’s house at 2 AM this morning and then planned to sleep all day today.
I guess I was different, I always loved kids and even volunteered to baby sit for infants as a teenager.
Congrats on babysitting duty. But it’s simply NOT the same as carrying a baby for 9mos and giving birth. Your body doesn’t bounce back that fast after only a week.
Wow! I would have never imagined a pomeranian could do that, but a 7 pound cat can do severe damage to a fully grown adult male human if it puts its mind to it. A baby is just utterly defenseless, it’s up to the parents to protect it, and now I am getting angry thinking that this girl left this baby around a damn pitbull while she was sleeping. >_<
Sidon, a 90-lb male pit bull that attacked and killed a 7-day old newborn boy Wednesday is being held at Pasco County Animal Services in Land O' Lakes.
It’s not unusual for dogs to get cranky when they age.. Especially when deafness or blindness set in. They become unsure of their ability to protect/defend themselves and can lash out. This isn’t so bad if the dog is a chihuahua, but many of the FIGHTING dog breeds end up put down or in shelters because their owners become fearful of them. Another thing to consider before owning a dog.
I know someone who had a chihuahua that turned into Satan in his old age.. went partially blind and deaf.. poor thing was always on the defensive, bless his soul. But his owner understood this and never punished the dog. But if this dog had been a Pitt Bull, one has to consider the fatal consequences.
Happened back in 2001, I believe. The caretaker left the 6wk old just long enough to warm up a bottle and the dog attacked and killed the baby.
I would also like to address the concerns of those that don't understand why the mom didn't hear anything. Without being too graphic, it wouldn't take much for a dog that size to kill something that tiny. I've seen what a rat terrier can do with a mouse and it's quick.
I agree, gosh when the baby is week old you are tired but man o man, nerves are set on edge for every squeak from that precious bundle. Much less “sleep through” a pit bull gnawing on your baby next to you.
Stoned or drunk or both would be my guess.
Ah, the spectre of good Christian kindness appears once again...
Let's see, why would the teenage mother who gave birth only seven days ago be tired at noon? Maybe, like millions of other brand new moms, she slept when she had the chance.
I have experienced this as well. I had another Chow, a mix, named red dog. I also adopted this guy off the hard streets of New Orleans, however, he was much nicer than the other chow.
I had red dog for 9 years before he started to go down hill. He was basically just a big, red lump that sat on the carpet all day, but then he got bad cataracts, and started to go blind. As a result, anytime anyone passed him up, he would bite out at them as they passed, snapping teeth, but he would miss everytime. He just didn’t know who it was next to him.
This type of aggression was never in his personality prior to losing his sight. One time, while I was out of town, my mom had come to feed him, and he growled at her. This, sadly, was all I could allow.
She should never have been sleeping with the baby in her bed anyway. Infants get smothered that way. Why was he not in his crib?
I wonder if the pit bull owners will be posting happy hippo images and jokes in this thread.
I doubt it will take very long,,,
This woman mite have been on strong pain meds from giving
My children slept by my side for the first few months...I never would have slept, otherwise.
Poor kid; I hope the young couple can pull through this.
That’s where responsible fathers come in.
A responsible father would have gotten rid of the dog before the baby arrived. Or at least made sure that there was no way the dog would dog could come in contact with the baby.
Now its time for the loony hippo posts to start. To hell with the fact that a pit killed another child...
Was that how it was when you had a newborn?
Mine did—all three times. Didn’t take me long to realize that if I slept when the baby slept life was fine.
I think her age (Maturity, responsibility, etc) had more to do with it than anything else. I wonder where her family is?
It didn’t matter if I was 23, 26 or (”honey SURPRISE!”) 36, if my sons whimpered, I was awake.
It IS the mother’s fault. I don’t need to know “the rest of the story”. I’ll bet she’s a hip-hop white girl without a clue but I’m sure that’s changed now. Too late.
You are a blithering idiot...Judge Jury and executioner with out a brain in your head and no evidence for your opinion....Bet you also think OJ was innocent.. :O)
Hey, no personal attacks here on FR, unless they’re aimed at public figures. They’re fair game. (By the way, I knew O.J. did it the morning Nicole’s body was discovered. Who else had the motive? That was a crime of passion. She was nearly decapitated. Only someone with an emotional investment would’ve done that, and O.J.’s “search for the REAL killer” never occurred and for good reason— HE DID IT).
By the way, people.. Read the article. It states that the mother answered a knock at the door and THEN noticed her baby was mauled. Wouldn’t the normal response be to acknowledge the baby PRIOR to answering the door? WTF?
You can hit the abuse button and have my post deleted or have me banned if your so sure your posts don’t make you sound like a B I
Wow...very un-FReeper like response. Vulgar and crude.
You must be new around here.
I feel bad for the baby but let me just say...a 16 y/o mother, a trailer in Moon Lake, and a pit bull in the house will rarely end well.
It’s a tragedy from the get-go.
I’ve got four kids. I would not have slept through such an attack, and would not have slept till noon. This is a careless mother. She is a party to the crime.
. . . using the term "sleeping" very, VERY loosely.
In real English, she was "dead drunk", or "crashed after a meth binge", or something along those lines.
If, as some posters have suggested, she was taking strong pain meds due to post-birth pain, she certainly had no business sleeping next to the baby in the same bed. If a snarling pit bull mauling her screaming baby isn't going to wake her up, you can be sure that the little baby struggling to breathe after she's rolled over on top of it wouldn't wake her up either.
I hope police took a blood sample from her very quickly.
Yes, I slept lighter. I can’t imagine sleeping through a baby’s scream. I just don’t want to blame her for drugs or something. It just hurts hearing of this as it is.
I have a month old granddaughter. I am so thankful my grand is taken care of and is secure and safe.
A heavy lead supplement in every pit bull would prevent kids from being killed by them.
Based on the story, I would say that you have no more info than anyone else, but you have no problem getting on a soapbox and bloviating away with your opinion.
Based on the story it is just as likely, if not more so, that the “mother” was drunk, stoned or both. Or killed the kid and had the dog chew it up afterwards.
Speaking of getting out of the basement, you may wish to get out of yours and see what too many sixteen year old girls with a newborn living with a guy with a pitbull are really like.
They ain’t pioneers and it ain’t 1840.
Interesting...Yesterday he was a 90lb pit bull terrier, today he’s a 45-50lb mix who was fighting with another dog in the house when the cops arrived; pending euthanasia in case they need a cast of the dog’s teeth.
Further searching turned up the following photo
that seems to me to show a mix breed and indications of fighting...
Sidon, whose estimated weight was between 45 and 50 pounds, left more than 50 puncture wounds in tiny Thomas Carter Jr. The baby’s mother, 16-year-old Nicole Koezeno, awoke when a friend stopped by the family’s mobile home at 10548 Olsen St. around 11:45 a.m. and found her bloodied son. She had been sleeping in the same bedroom with the baby and dog but reportedly did not hear the attack.
When a Pasco Animal Services officer arrived at the home Wednesday afternoon, the canine was fighting another dog, said agency Manager Denise Hilton.
Hilton said she was told by a canine attack expert that it’s highly unusual for a dog to continue being aggressive after a first attack.
“This dog has numerous injuries and bites all over its body due the dog fight,” she said early today.
Sidon, Hilton said, was not neutered.
“This, again, was an intact male dog, which tend to be more aggressive,” she said. “He should’ve been neutered before he was a year old.”
“This is something that never should’ve happened,” Hilton said of the latest attack. “People need to realize the potential of these animals. They are animals. They’re not people.”
Jim Crosby, division manager for Bay County Animal Control in the Panama City area, has studied fatal dog attacks throughout the country and in Canada. He said that fatal dog attacks are rare.
“It’s incredibly uncommon,” he said today. “You have about a 10-time higher likelihood of dying from slipping in your bathtub.”
So far this year, either eight or nine fatal dog attacks have been reported nationwide, he said. That number is on par for the annual average of less than 30.
For example, Crosby said, compare that to the average of about 60 people who die annually from bee stings.
“Most of the victims of the fatal attacks are children,” he said. “ Over time, about 76 percent of all fatal dog attack victims are 12 and under and most of those are 6 and under.”
Of the dozens of cases he’s investigated, he has seen some similarities.
“The most common denominator with fatal attacks is lack of supervision with children and dogs,” Crosby said.
And it’s not necessarily any one breed that is the culprit of most attacks. In fact, he said, he’s seen everything from pit bulls to dachshunds to Pomeranians kill humans.
“I would say that big dogs tend to be more commonly involved than little dogs,” he conceded, adding that the dogs’ sizes made more serious damage easier. “It’s a matter of physics.”
Why dogs attack differs, he said.
“Every one of them varies a little bitm just like a homicide,” he said, noting that some are just born a little off mentally.
“You get dogs that are the Ted Bundys.”
In many cases, he said, the dog that becomes aggressive has not been properly socialized, trained or loved.
And in most cases, he said, it’s not simply that a dog just snaps something provokes or triggers it.
“It’s extremely rare for a dog to just go off,” Crosby said. “Something gets the ball rolling.”
In other cases, the dog thinks it’s playing.
“In many cases, it appears the dog thought the child is a chew toy,” Crosby said matter-of-factly.
What caused Sidon to attack Thomas Carter Jr. might never be known.
A question that remains on many people’s minds is why his young mother did not hear the attack.
“I’ve been confronted by plenty of aggressive dogs and I’ve never been confronted by a silent dog,” he said. “I can’t imagine a child sleeping through a mauling. A baby is born screaming.”
A friend who stayed over the family’s home said Tuesday she heard the baby cry briefly a few minutes before he was found. But roommate Jonathan Gibson, who was asleep on the other end of the small mobile home, said he didn’t hear any “vicious sounds.”
“Only the good Lord above knows what really happened inside that room, and it’s just a tragic accident,” Gibson said.
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