Two sad articles

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wdlove, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  2. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    The first sounds like an accident. Usually dogs are protective on infants. Just goes to show that you have to be careful.

    As for the second one. Well the guy got what he wanted. His son won't grow up to be a sissy...
  3. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Mongo, that's what I like about you. You cut to the chase.

    The mom in that second story ought to at least face accessory to murder charges. Oh, and take away her Breeder's License while you're at it. Oh that's right, I keep forgetting. You only need one of those to raise dogs, not humans.
  4. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    On the first it say's registration required (maybe someone can copy/paste article here?). Although it worked when I first clicked, but then I closed the window and now it doesn't.

    But when I read your post about the dog and child I kinda new what happened :(

    The second story is sickening. I really hope justice is served :mad: That 21 year old should never be around young children or ever have children for that matter. He definitely wasn't mature enough to be a father, or play the father figure in the child's life if he wasn't the biological father as the article says.

    As for the mother. While she didn't kill the child, she could have done something to prevent this. Hope she gets some sort of punishment.
  5. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Baby's death by dog bite a 'horrible tragedy'
    By John Ellement, Globe Staff | July 15, 2005
    Two days after she was born, Alexis McDermott came home to live with her parents and the family's pet, a medium-sized male Siberian husky named Shadow. Yesterday, Alexis's family in Coventry, R.I., was grieving, and Shadow was in the custody of the local animal control officer, as authorities considered what to do with the dog that apparently pulled the infant from a portable crib and bit her multiple times, causing internal injuries that killed the baby. She was six days old.

    Tom Dwyer of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, said the agency is not investigating the death. ''Nobody has suggested that this is a situation of abuse and neglect or that it is anything other than horrible tragedy," he said.

    On Wednesday morning, the baby's mother, Cindy McDermott, left Alexis in the living room and went into the kitchen of the ranch-style home to pour a glass of juice, Coventry police said yesterday.

    ''Shortly after pouring the juice, she heard Alexis crying and walked back into the living room, where she found Alexis lying on the floor with the dog, Shadow, sitting nearby," according to a two-page statement from police.
    McDermott, 34, took her daughter into her arms and noticed a ''small amount of blood" on the infant's head. She called her husband at work, and when Scott McDermott, 30, returned, they decided Alexis wasn't badly hurt, because the bleeding had stopped, police said.

    Then Gail Ciummo, whom authorities identified as Cindy McDermott's mother, arrived and urged the family to take the baby to the hospital. On the way to the Kent Hospital in neighboring Warwick, Ciummo noticed the infant wasn't breathing, and the family pulled into the West Warwick Fire Station 2 on Main Street, police said.

    ''They drove in and asked for help," West Warwick Fire Lieutenant Paul J. Boisclair said in a phone interview yesterday. Boisclair said he and other firefighters put the child into an ambulance and took her to the hospital, performing chest compressions to keep oxygen flowing into her body.
    He said the infant had a ''few bite marks on the head and some on the right side" of her torso, but was not bleeding heavily, nor did she appear to have been seriously mauled.

    The child was pronounced dead at Kent County Hospital. Coventry police said an autopsy performed yesterday found that she died of ''injuries to multiple internal organs and internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma [multiple dog bites]."

    Police said the McDermott family was too grief-stricken to be interviewed on Wednesday, but that yesterday Scott McDermott told them that his wife and daughter returned home on Sunday. ''He indicated that he had never had any incidents in the past with his dog and that the dog had not been in any way aggressive toward Alexis since she came home," the police statement said.
  6. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Page 2 of 2 --
    The dog, according to animal behavioral specialists, may have reacted out of instinct and perceived Alexis as prey. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an estimated 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and 60 percent of victims are children. About 12 people die each year.

    Alice Moon-Fanelli, a clinical assistant professor at the Tufts University's Animal Behavior Clinic, said in an interview yesterday that all dogs -- but particularly those with strong latent predatory instincts, such as Siberian huskies have -- may interpret the cries and jerky movements of an infant as the sounds and actions of a wounded animal.
    ''Clearly, those breeds, a lot of northern breeds or herding breeds, are very sensitive to stimuli that mimic prey," she said. ''It's nothing personal; it's just lunch. It doesn't mean they are savage. . . . It's an instinct that is being triggered."

    Moon-Fanelli and Scott Giacoppo, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said families need to carefully prepare for the arrival of a newborn into a home where a dog is already living, regardless of the breed.
    Before an infant comes home, they said, a family should share objects rich with an infant's scent with the dog, a blanket or even a soiled diaper, so the animal can use its most potent sense, that of smell, to familiarize itself with the new family member and not see it as prey. The dog should be restrained and the child always held in an adult's arms during initial encounters.

    ''Our hearts go out to the family," Giacoppo said. ''They probably never imagined that their dog could do it. But leaving a young child or an infant with a dog who is unsupervised -- things like this happen."
    Moon-Fanelli said parents should keep a wary eye on interaction between child and pet for as long as six years and never assume that a breed's reputation for friendliness toward children automatically carries over to their pet.

    ''There are not guarantees that the dog is going to be well adapted to living in your particular home," she said, adding that a golden retriever was recently euthanised in Connecticut after twice biting someone.
    A Coventry police spokesman said it was not known if the McDermott family had taken any steps to prepare Shadow for the arrival of the infant.
    The McDermotts couldn't be reached for comment yesterday, nor could their relatives. Several neighbors declined to comment.

    Police said there has been no decision on what to do with Shadow, who will stay at the Coventry Dog Pound until further notice.

    Moon-Fanelli, while stressing she was speaking in general terms and not about Shadow specifically, said that some dogs just cannot coexist with humans, especially children. ''It really boils down to underestimating the length of time and the effort involved for successfully raising children and dogs together."

    John Ellement can be reached at
    © Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.
  7. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    That first story was terrible, but the second one really horrifies me. I can understand a dog mistaking a child for prey, but not wanting your kid to be gay so you beat them to death? Inexcusable. What an *******.
  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i'd really like to hear the story from the 21 year old father. it simply doesn't go into my head what drove him to do that. is he just stupid?
    i can't even begin to understand how something like that happens.

    he should be forced to explain himself in puplic before they take his brains out and cut it in slices to find where it's damaged. oh, wait he most likely doesn't have a brain.
  9. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Thanks wdlove for copying the article here.

    That truly is a very sad story. I can't even imagine the pain the family must be going through over this tragic lost.
  10. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    The first one just seems like a very tragic accident. I have known a few dogs to be very protective of their household. The second one, well, that guy just needs to be locked up for life. You never 'box' with a 3 year old. That is just plain wrong...
  11. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I happen to be a dog lover. My hope is that they animal control doesn't put him down. As long as he is with a loving family that has no children or at least older children, he should make a great family pet. The important thing is that they are aware of what happened and are accepting of him. Its important to match a dog with the proper loving family.
  12. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Oh so true.

    Ty as he might, my Dad was never able to make me in to his clone. He was law enforcement, and very hard edged. he had hopes of me following in his footsteps. In the end I ended up following in my Mom's and my uncle - the priest - footsteps.
  13. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I'm sure that your Dad is proud of you now. My father wanted me to be on the stronger side also. I ended up following in my mother's footsteps as a nurse. My father was quite upset, then also when I joined the Air Force. He was very proud of his son the officer. Unfortunately he died the next year after I joined.

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