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Thread: Coroner rules mauling death of 2month old in South Carolina a Homicide

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    Default Coroner rules mauling death of 2month old in South Carolina a Homicide

    WARNING! Distressing

    Here is the original story
    Newborn dies after attack by recently-rescued dog - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

    And the story on the Coroner ruling that parental neglect led to the death of the baby making it a homicide
    Coroner: Mauling death of SC 2-month-old while father slept in the next room is a homicide - The Washington Post

    It is good to finally see authorities placing the blame where it should be. On the parents (specifically the father) who left their infant child alone with a dog.
    Doesn't matter the breed of dog, all dogs can kill. The hysteria around Pitbulls creates complacency around other breeds.

    RIP to the poor baby who was failed by his parents.

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    How awful... I was thinking back to when my daughter was a baby. I thought maybe I would have left my dog alone with her at times because I did trust she would not attack a helpless baby - she was fine with anything that didn't run. But no, I do clearly remember never leaving her alone with her, unless the baby was in the cradle and I had to go to the loo or something probably. And the dog wasn't able to reach the cradle. I think I only started leaving them alone for a few minutes when my daughter was past the toddler years.

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    ....Reads kinda odd..........other Kids in protective custody, was the baby already dead before it was mauled.

    RIP little one........
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    I read that as the other kids being taken away because the parents failed their duty of care by leaving a baby alone with a dog. And especially a dog they had only had for 2 weeks...

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    Im also thinking there is more to this story...stay tuned! R.I.P little one, so very sad.
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    I think I was trying to express that I am not an overtly protective parent and usually go with common sense instead of following blanket safety rules. I did for example leave my dog and child alone for short periods of time from when my daughter was probably 3ish. But even I would have never left a tiny baby alone with a dog, especially not to go have a nap in another room and with a dog I hardly knew. So I do think these parents are a risk to their kids. Though admittedly, the mother wasn't there so wasn't at fault, so maybe there had been previous reports to child protection. The father not waking up may also indicate there were drugs involved.

    It's just way to awful to try imagine it...

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    Yes very sad..........
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    Homicide from a Coroners court. this does situ NOT make the parents guilty of homicide. Right there, it gets fishy. Deliberate killing of a child is infanticide.
    In order for either parent to be guilty in their own court hearing, there must be proof of motive, evidence and deed. The worst charge will be manslaughter. Not murder. The guy didn't kill the baby, the guys failing to act protectively and allowing the dog access did.
    The death of the baby is very sad.

    Americas news is shockingly inaccurate at best.

    Personally, i have left my dogs with my babies, with me around the house obviously, not like i went out and left them at home babysitting, but could of been mauled to death? I don't think so. All my dogs have been extra babysitters for me. We had a rottie who would pull our babies back from the fire by their nappy, (fire gaurd would of prevented injury, but dog didn't know that). Babies crying for night feeds, dog would come and get me before the cries got too loud and haven forbid when i was not demand feeding, the dog would insist i got up to crying baby.
    Dog would sleep by pram in garden, be incredibly uncomfortable with grandparents holding HIS baby! and not settle till they'd put it down, he'd licked their nasty smell of his baby, and would settle back down once more. Dogs would clean up most of mess from weaning babies flicking food out of high chairs. I reckon they are great little helpers with babies.

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    There is no criminal charge for infanticide, only murder (homicide) which covers all humans. And regardless of whether it ends in a charge of manslaughter, the coronial referral to homicide investigation simply means there appears to be elements of criminality, whether negligent, reckless etc matters not. It is up to the investigators to follow up and charge with the appropriate indictment when and if the evidence is sufficient, and for the criminal court to decide on guilt, not the coroner (or the media).

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    Nattylou, i disagree, infacticide is the charge 3 of my clients are guilty of under the crimes and mental impairment act. Killed their kids whilst psychotic. found not guilty of infanticide on grounds of mental impairment. Not homicide, nor murder, infanticide.

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