LAKE COUNTY Father charged in dog's m...

LAKE COUNTY Father charged in dog's mutilation of infant son

There are 166 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 8, 2007, titled LAKE COUNTY Father charged in dog's mutilation of infant son. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Charges were filed against a Lake Villa man Thursday after his girlfriend's dog seriously injured the man's 4-month-old son, authorities said.

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Mike

United States

#1 Nov 8, 2007
this sounds like an accident, why is the parent charged? are we now in a society where somebody had to be charged with a crime anytime somebody is hurt? I could understand if it was a pitbull or rot, but this was a dachshund, not really any more dangerous than a cat. I can't imagine what this man is going through already, having his son mutilated, and to have to deal with these charges on top of it. Glad I don't live in Lake county...sounds like a bunch of hicks running things.
Billy Bob

San Jose, CA

#2 Nov 8, 2007
Mike wrote:
this sounds like an accident, why is the parent charged? are we now in a society where somebody had to be charged with a crime anytime somebody is hurt? I could understand if it was a pitbull or rot, but this was a dachshund, not really any more dangerous than a cat. I can't imagine what this man is going through already, having his son mutilated, and to have to deal with these charges on top of it. Glad I don't live in Lake county...sounds like a bunch of hicks running things.
Mike, I kind of agree with you.
gail

United States

#4 Nov 9, 2007
Mike,I also agree with you
-Cty-

Bloomingdale, IL

#5 Nov 9, 2007
the TYPE of dog that attacked this child makes a difference????? Any animal is a threat to a child, unwatched, unattended you havent a clue what may cause that animal to turn on it. In this case, a wet diaper. The father was negligent. He put his son in a vulnerable place..no matter what kind of animal was present. I think the personal anguish this father feels will cause him a lifetime of suffering, moreso than the charges he faces. Children depend on adults to protect them..and they can be and are, carelessly handled by those very adults.
JMS

Round Lake, IL

#6 Nov 9, 2007
This poor baby!! But I have never heard of a dachshund going after urine!
JMS

Round Lake, IL

#7 Nov 9, 2007
"the TYPE of dog that attacked this child makes a difference????? "

ABSOLUTELY! WHAT DO YOU NOT GET??
Even Tempered

AOL

#8 Nov 9, 2007
Mike wrote:
this sounds like an accident, why is the parent charged? are we now in a society where somebody had to be charged with a crime anytime somebody is hurt? I could understand if it was a pitbull or rot, but this was a dachshund, not really any more dangerous than a cat. I can't imagine what this man is going through already, having his son mutilated, and to have to deal with these charges on top of it. Glad I don't live in Lake county...sounds like a bunch of hicks running things.
To Mike and all that agree with him... FIRST of all, you do NOT leave a 4 month old baby on the couch if you are NOT in the room for ANY reason. Second: The statement "I could see it if it were a pit bull or rot" is UNFAIR. I have owned 3 rots and a slue of pit bulls and THEY never ate anyones genitals off, they are not vicious. When this story first broke in Waukegan the headline was "Dog mutilates baby...". If that WERE a pit or rot the headline would have read "VICIOUS PITBULL MUTILATES BABY, dog owner arrested" It is soooooo one sided when it comes to these breeds. YES there are people like Michael Vick and the like, but there are also RESPONSIBLE dog owners that own these breeds and KNOW how to train them properly, and the dogs are VALUED, TRUSTWORTY family members. Don't be so hard on the pits and rots.... they did't do the crime. I LOVE MY ROT AND 3 PIT MIXES!
David DuPage

Naperville, IL

#10 Nov 9, 2007
It's sad that this happened to the child, but I don't agree that the father "caused" it, either purposely or indirectly.

Sounds like the Lake County officials are not thinking.
Deb

Cicero, IL

#11 Nov 9, 2007
David DuPage wrote:
It's sad that this happened to the child, but I don't agree that the father "caused" it, either purposely or indirectly.
Sounds like the Lake County officials are not thinking.
I did have a Border Collie that dug used diapers out of the garbage and ate them--I think to prevent predators from scenting, finding, and eating the 'puppy'. What the article does not tell us is if the father/mother of this child had previous contact with DCFS and how long that infant was wearing the soiled diaper. If the baby had a rash, it might be neglect at the very least. But you don't leave an infant on a sofa since they can turn over and fall and you NEVER leave an infant unattended with a dog and I don't care how trustworthy the animal is.
Lori

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Nov 9, 2007
The father was charged with neglect, and rightfully so. He was trusted to take care of his child and he didn't. Obviously spending time with his girlfriend was more important than properly taking care of his son. I find it hard to believe that the dog was able to chew through the diaper and to totally destroy and ingest the baby's genitals before anybody even woke up! As a mother of two that stills hears her teenaged sons try to sneak into the house, I can't imagine not hearing my baby cry as soon as the dog started to bite him. Babies that young shouldn't be away from their mothers.
Sandy

Naugatuck, CT

#13 Nov 9, 2007
The father takes his tiny infant son to his girfriends house and doesn't take care of him, leaves him alone sleeping on a couch where he could fall off with a dog in the room, and then doesn't bother to change the kids diaper.....sounds like the guy was too hot to have sex with his gf to take proper care of his son so he is definitely negligent. All of these things are negligent.
melvinowens

Milwaukee, WI

#14 Nov 9, 2007
when people start realizing that dogs are animals regardless of breed, they will stop leaving babies and small children unattended around them. this stuff happens to often the dog should have been outside in the backyard.
nick

San Pablo, CA

#15 Nov 9, 2007
I thought the dog was attracted to a poopy diaper? Urine? Think not. There is more to this story ..
nick

San Pablo, CA

#16 Nov 9, 2007
Deb wrote:
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I did have a Border Collie that dug used diapers out of the garbage and ate them--I think to prevent predators from scenting, finding, and eating the 'puppy'. What the article does not tell us is if the father/mother of this child had previous contact with DCFS and how long that infant was wearing the soiled diaper. If the baby had a rash, it might be neglect at the very least. But you don't leave an infant on a sofa since they can turn over and fall and you NEVER leave an infant unattended with a dog and I don't care how trustworthy the animal is.
but isn't it generally with a poop diaper and not a urine diaper? My dogs are turned off by urine except in the yard to overmark but any scent of it in the house turns them off... but they are attracted to feces.
Sharon J

Cleveland, OH

#17 Nov 9, 2007
I hope that that Trib will do a follow-up story on whether or not some type of reconstructive surgery can be done on the boy in the future. Although the father was careless in leaving an infant on a couch unattended, I think having to live with the fact that his child was mutilated is punishment enough. Darwin Award could have kept that nasty comment to himself or herself.
nick

San Pablo, CA

#18 Nov 9, 2007
Mike wrote:
this sounds like an accident, why is the parent charged? are we now in a society where somebody had to be charged with a crime anytime somebody is hurt? I could understand if it was a pitbull or rot, but this was a dachshund, not really any more dangerous than a cat. I can't imagine what this man is going through already, having his son mutilated, and to have to deal with these charges on top of it. Glad I don't live in Lake county...sounds like a bunch of hicks running things.
it seems odd you'd put a child on a sofa even wrapped in blankets as an infant because they roll. You should have a crib or some suitable sleeping arrangement for an infant. if you are in a strange place the infant s/b close by you. Leaving a baby on a couch unattended is irresponsible just so you can get it on.
jspicer

Midlothian, IL

#19 Nov 9, 2007
I have to agree with some other posters, my wife and i never leave our 5 month old outside of the room we are in for longer than a few minutes and we dont even have any pets. She sleeps in our room in a bassinet or a car seat (she prefers the car seat over the bassinet we are weening her into the bassinet). Although im on the fence as to whether the father should be charged i have to agree it was foolish and ignorant to leave the child alone in a different room.
nick

San Pablo, CA

#20 Nov 9, 2007
Even Tempered wrote:
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To Mike and all that agree with him... FIRST of all, you do NOT leave a 4 month old baby on the couch if you are NOT in the room for ANY reason. Second: The statement "I could see it if it were a pit bull or rot" is UNFAIR. I have owned 3 rots and a slue of pit bulls and THEY never ate anyones genitals off, they are not vicious. When this story first broke in Waukegan the headline was "Dog mutilates baby...". If that WERE a pit or rot the headline would have read "VICIOUS PITBULL MUTILATES BABY, dog owner arrested" It is soooooo one sided when it comes to these breeds. YES there are people like Michael Vick and the like, but there are also RESPONSIBLE dog owners that own these breeds and KNOW how to train them properly, and the dogs are VALUED, TRUSTWORTY family members. Don't be so hard on the pits and rots.... they did't do the crime. I LOVE MY ROT AND 3 PIT MIXES!
THANK YOU. I don't even have kids but you DON'T leave babies on sofas. It's like my idiot friends who laughed at me for telling them to support their baby's head and then when it stuck in a sideways position the doctor gave them exercises to make it normal.

Why are parents so stupid nowadays?
mom of 4

Chicago, IL

#22 Nov 9, 2007
Look like an accident?!?! The father left the child unsupervised on a couch with nothing up, instead of a crib or portable one, to protect the baby from falling off. A 4 month old could wiggle and roll over!. Plus a breed like daschund could jump. I do have 2 daschunds and they can jump on a couch or even a bed. Obvisouly they both had no common sense when it comes to parenting skills, let alone left a child unsupervised and not baby-proofed. Good for the police that the man get charged. The woman should be charged as well since the child was there at HER place.
Enought

La Grange, IL

#23 Nov 9, 2007
Mike wrote:
this sounds like an accident, why is the parent charged? are we now in a society where somebody had to be charged with a crime anytime somebody is hurt? I could understand if it was a pitbull or rot, but this was a dachshund, not really any more dangerous than a cat. I can't imagine what this man is going through already, having his son mutilated, and to have to deal with these charges on top of it. Glad I don't live in Lake county...sounds like a bunch of hicks running things.
I'm glad you don't have kids!!!

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