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Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby's first birthday party turns to tragedy when he is killed by family's mastiff dog

By Laura Pullman

Tragedy: Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan has died after the family dog attacked him during his first birthday party

A baby boy has died after he was attacked by his family’s mastiff dog during his first birthday party.

A day after turning one, Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was at his grandmother’s house in Las Vegas when he crawled over to the dog – a mastiff-rhodesian mix weighing about 120 pounds – and started to pet him.

The dog then attacked the baby, sinking his teeth into Jeremiah’s head and shaking him.

Deadly attack: The dog a Mastiff/Rhodesian mix weighing 120 pounds sunk his jaws into the baby's face and shook him around

The boy’s distraught father, Chris Shahan, believes Jeremiah, who was just learning to walk, tried to grab the dog’s fur to stand up when the animal turned vicious.

The boy's grandmother desperately tried to pull Jeremiah out of the mastiff’s jaw while Shahan rushed to save his son.

‘It took me about 20 seconds to run downstairs and I got the dog off of the baby. The baby’s face was torn off,’ Shahan told KSNV.com.

Disaster: Baby Jeremiah died within days of his first birthday - the family dog who killed him will now be put down

Devastated: The baby's father, Chris Shahan, managed to grab Jeremiah from the dog and he was airlifted to hospital but sadly it was too late to save him

The baby was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus and then flown by helicopter to UMC's Trauma Unit, police said.

Jeremiah, who had turned one on Thursday, died from his injuries at approximately 1.45am on Saturday morning.

The six-year-old dog, named Onion, will be put down after he is quarantined for rabies.

The Mastiff had been around the baby since he was born and the family said he had never been aggressive towards people.

Shahan said the pet was a 'good dog' who had helped get his mother through her lung cancer.

Police said they are still investigating why the dog attacked the baby.



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