1-year-old boy mauled by dogs at home in Inkster

Incident between boy, 4 pit bulls happened at home on South River Park

By Jermont Terry - Reporter , Amber Ainsworth

INKSTER, Mich. - A 1-year-old boy was mauled by four dogs Saturday inside a house in Inkster.

The boy somehow managed to get in between four pit bulls at the house on South River Park, just off Michigan Avenue.

The toddler was rushed to a hospital in Inskter, but was later airlifted to Children's Hospital in Detroit.

Emergency crews rushed to the house in Inskter just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

"We observed the mother cuddling the baby in her arms while her daughter was on the phone calling for somebody," neighbor Columbus Bridges said.

The investigation reveals the four pit bulls started fighting in the living room. Somehow, the 1-year-old got in the middle of the animals.

It's unclear if one or all of the animals attacked the child, but he was mauled with serious dog bites to his neck and the back of his head.

"The heart goes out for that baby and the family," neighbor Terry Woolford said. "Dogs are dogs, you know, that's for sure, but your baby is your baby."

The dogs are pets who stayed at the home. Local 4 News is told the dogs also bit an adult on the hand and thigh as the man tried getting the boy from the dogs' bite.

"It just takes a second. You can see (that in) a split minute something can happen like that," Woolford said.

Neighbors are saddened to learn of the mauling, and Saturday night they are concerned for the child and his family.

"My heart goes out to the family and I only say God bless the infant," Bridges said.

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