N.C. Boy Killed by Father's Pit Bulls

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    charlotte, n.c. (ap) - an 8-year-old boy was mauled to death by his father's four pit bulls, and prosecutors were considering charges against the father ranging from child neglect to murder.

    roddie philip dumas jr. was attacked in the fenced-in yard of his father's home friday. neighbors and a postal worker who heard the boy's screams rushed to the scene.

    the boy's father, roddie philip dumas sr., 29, and his girlfriend, were inside the house but did not come outside until the dogs had already severely injured the boy, officials said.

    "one had him on his neck. two had him on the side. and one had him on the leg," said edward threatt, a neighbor. "they were pulling on him just like you do a rag doll."

    a letter carrier threw his mailbag and then a wooden block at the dogs, which then ran away, threatt said. but neighbors and police said the father then came outside and told the letter carrier to get off his property.

    the boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.

    after searching dumas' home, police charged him drug and firearms felonies.

    prosecutors were considering additional charges ranging from child neglect to murder, although a murder charge is rare in such cases. police said they want to find out why the boy was unsupervised and whether the adults in the house heard him cry for help.

    dumas was in jail saturday on a $233,000 bond. a message at the jail referred callers to a web site and it was unclear whether dumas had legal representation. animal control officers seized the four dogs. it was not clear whether the dogs have a history of violent behavior.

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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Oh how horrible !!!
  4. by   MandyInMS
    That poor kid !!!
  5. by   nurseunderwater
    this sickens me.... I have 3 boys....why have a breed of dog bred for aggression around children??? i just don't understand.
  6. by   smk1
    these people should be sent to jail for life! how could you not hear your child screaming in pain when everyone else in the neighboorhood apparently did? and lets hope those dogs were put to sleep.
  7. by   fergus51
    Pitbulls are not necessarily bred for agression. That said, no child should be unsupervised around large dogs. EVER. People are quick to jump on pit bull owners about this, but it is just as important if you have a shepard, a dobie, a rottie, a border collie, etc. Any large breed can injure and kill a child. Any dog can bite, and children are the most vulnerable to them. Children just don't know how to behave around dogs and can't interpret a dog's warning signs.
  8. by   BRANDY LPN
    Quote from fergus51
    Pitbulls are not necessarily bred for agression. That said, no child should be unsupervised around large dogs. EVER. People are quick to jump on pit bull owners about this, but it is just as important if you have a shepard, a dobie, a rottie, a border collie, etc. Any large breed can injure and kill a child. Any dog can bite, and children are the most vulnerable to them. Children just don't know how to behave around dogs and can't interpret a dog's warning signs.
    Exactly, any dog can be a biter, I have done a lot of research on this recently because my COCKER SPANIEL has been a little snappy with my two year old. Which means that I NEVER leave the two of them unsupervised and am looking for a great obedience trainer and have an appt. with the vet. to have him examined for problems and to see if he needs meds. (ie. puppy prozac)

    There is also an article on the web where a 4 pound pomeranian killed a 6 week old baby in 2001. So do not blame it on the breed or on the dog, blame it on irresponsible parenting and pet ownership.
  9. by   longtermcarern
    Quote from fergus51
    Pitbulls are not necessarily bred for agression. That said, no child should be unsupervised around large dogs. EVER. People are quick to jump on pit bull owners about this, but it is just as important if you have a shepard, a dobie, a rottie, a border collie, etc. Any large breed can injure and kill a child. Any dog can bite, and children are the most vulnerable to them. Children just don't know how to behave around dogs and can't interpret a dog's warning signs.
    My grandson was attacked the day before Easter by a pitbull. He ended up with several lacerations to his face and neck, but my ex-husband was there and managed to pull the dog off. As much as I am angry over that dog, it was the older of my grandchildren that caused the dog to attack, he had been poking at the dog with a stick and threw the stick at him and then asked his little brother to go get the stick. :angryfire The little one had no clue that the dog could reach him at the end of his chain but his big brother knew that it could.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    all breeds can be biters and kill children, this is so true. NO child that young should be left totally alone with ANY breed of dog, but most especially a dangerous one like a pit bull. I have had dogs/kids for years and still to this day, do NOT leave my trusty well-loved golden alone with my 5 year old. I just dont' know if she hurt the dog, what the dog might do in her defense. She is an animal, my daughter a young child who is given to the thoughtless silly acts kids this age do. It's called COMMON SENSE. Sadly, Some people are so damn stupid; it is a shame ANYONE can have a child. And leave them to be abused/killed like this. What a raging ignoramus.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Did anyone see that HBO special "shelter dogs"???? It had me in tears....the plights of the animals. Anyhow-----if you saw this show, you saw the most aggressive and frightening/at-risk dog on the program, was not a pitbull or rottie, but a COCKER SPANIEL. It was truly a sight to see just how scary this animal was. Fergus is right; you can't assume ANY dog is "safe" because it is a small or normally mild-manner breed of animal. You never know with small kids and dogs, ever. So you never leave them alone. Ever.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 17, '04
  12. by   wrmbreeze
    I saw that on tv and the dad never came outside the police had to kick in his door to get him and the girlfriend out. One of the charges against him deals with cocaine. The neighbors said that no one came out of the house at all while the child was screaming. I don't know why you would have 1 viscious dog let alone 4 around a child. He needs to be severly punished.
  13. by   bluesky
    :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire How can people do this to their own children.... sad, sad, sad.
  14. by   fergus51
    Quote from longtermcarern
    My grandson was attacked the day before Easter by a pitbull. He ended up with several lacerations to his face and neck, but my ex-husband was there and managed to pull the dog off. As much as I am angry over that dog, it was the older of my grandchildren that caused the dog to attack, he had been poking at the dog with a stick and threw the stick at him and then asked his little brother to go get the stick. :angryfire The little one had no clue that the dog could reach him at the end of his chain but his big brother knew that it could.
    That's what I mean. Kids just don't get it. I actually saw 2 kids tormenting 2 pitbulls through their fence. The pitbulls owners were responsible enough to have a 7 foot chain link fence with electric cord over that, so these kids thought it would be fun to poke at them with sticks through the fence!!! Naturally, I gave them a little talk. I never saw them back there, probably because they were afraid of me, not the dogs. But you know if they got bit people would be demanding the dogs be put down and ignore what led to it in the first place. What do people expect a dog to do if it's being tormented? This is ESPECIALLY true for a dog that is tied up. Most dogs will leave to avoid confrontations, but if it's tied up it's only option is to attack. The fastest way to make a dog vicious is to tie it out.

    Parents need to make their kids respect animals. I love dogs, but NEVER went up to a strange dog without asking its owner first, not because I was scared of the dogs but because I was scared of my dad. I have a smallish dog and you wouldn't believe how many kids will just run up to him yelling and waving their arms around. He is terrified by them!!! I have had more than a few talks with parents about how their kids approach a dog. My dog can easily injure them, even though he isn't a rottie. I keep him under control, but parents need to take responsibility for keeping their kids under control and safe as well.

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