Parents Leave Newborn Inside House While They Greet Friends On Front Porch. 5 Minutes Later, They Check On Her And Notice Something Awful.
As soon as they walked into the room, the first thing they saw was the baby’s face. They gasped. Then they saw who was standing right behind her.
Authorities in Michigan have launched an investigation after a 3-week-old baby girl was killed by a dog when her parents left her alone.
According to WOOD, Susannah Murray was viciously attacked around 6 p.m. on Thursday after her parents left her alone while they went outside.
Police say Susannah’s parents put her inside of a glider, which is reportedly similar to a bouncer, while they sat on their front porch with several other adults.
When the couple returned to check on their infant daughter about five minutes later, they discovered that she had been bitten.
They soon realized that a pit bull was standing next to the baby with blood around its mouth.
Although Susannah had been rushed to the hospital immediately, she ended up passing away in the early hours of Friday morning.
Around 2 a.m., staff from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital called the Grand Rapids Police Department to notify authorities about what had happened to the baby girl.
Sgt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department said an autopsy report showed that Susannah’s injuries were consistent with a dog bite.
“This is a very, very tragic situation,” said Dixon.
“This is a horrible tragedy and serves as a critical reminder to never leave a child unattended around a dog or dogs or cats. Always keep a watchful eye on vulnerable youth, and that’s what makes this difficult to report on,” he later added during a Friday afternoon news conference.
Authorities say there were three pit bulls in the house at the time of the incident, and that none of the dogs were contained to a certain area.
“I don’t think you, just the breed of a pit bull by itself is not enough to condemn it. Any dog can bite,” Dixon said.
It is now up to prosecutors to determine whether or not Susannah’s parents will face charges over what happened to their daughter.
After KSAT shared this heartbreaking story on Facebook, several parents slammed Savannah’s family for leaving her alone with three dogs.
“It isnt just pit bulls. Any dog is capable of hurting a baby/adult regardless of how much you love the animal. My cat attacked my little baby once very aggressivly just because there was a cat fight outside of our home. They are just animals….so sad for this family,” one mom commented.
“Parents fault for leaving the infant alone. Dog just thought it was a toy. Being that young, dog hadn’t had time to get used to it being a part of the family,” another added.