4-year-old boy dies after pit bulls maul him on Detroit’s west side

Detroit police

Updated at 5:05 p.m.

A 4-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital this afternoon after he was mauled by as many as four dogs on Detroit’s west side, but it was too late.

The boy died soon after police and paramedics were called to the bloody scene shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the Lodge service drive and Baylis Street.

Police located three pit bulls and killed them. A fourth was taken into custody.

Police said the boy was with his mother on a walk when the attack occurred.

The dogs jumped a fence and attacked the boy.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Ali_Ali_Ali

    Another good reason to always carry.

  • maggiemay

    Doesn’t really matter what the breed is. Get vicious dogs out of neighborhoods. All neighborhoods.

  • “Oh but pitbulls are such great dogs!” – Idiots

    • nolimitdetroiter

      Right, “it’s all in the way they’re raised.”
      Never owned one, every dog I’ve had in the last 40 years has had problems with pitbulls. They’re agressive….that’s what they were bred to do….fight and attack.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Yes, thank you. I just heard the boy Died. the shear horror his mother must have went through. what a truly sad day.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Steve, any idea where this kids parents were?

    • hrtuten

      From the article above: “Police said the boy was with his mother on a walk when the attack occurred.”

    • maggiemay

      Trying to find someone to blame? Sorry, his mom was by his side.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        Blame. No. That person is under arrest. the info on the story was not out at that time. it is a terrible way for this child to die. lets not make it worse by playing who`s the sorriest.