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Great Dane grabs baby from mother's arms, runs into street

A Great Dane snatched a 6-month-old baby from her mother's arms in Monrovia and ran with the girl in his mouth before dropping her in the street, authorities said Wednesday.

The baby’s mother was talking in the doorway of a neighbor's home Monday when the 180-pound dog rushed out, slammed into her, snatched the baby with his jaws and ran off, said Lt. Michael Lee of the Monrovia Police Department.

The dog ran about 200 feet, carrying the baby by her right side, before dropping her in the street, Lee said. Police and paramedics found her there and airlifted the baby to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after the 2:45 p.m. incident in the 600 block of Laurel Lane.

The baby was in stable condition Wednesday with broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a perforated liver, broken clavicle and multiple puncture wounds to her back, Lee said.

“She is doing good now,” Lee said. “She is still on a ventilator, but they plan on weaning her off soon.”

No criminal charges have been filed, but the Department of Children and Family Services is “pushing an investigation” into whether the mother did enough to protect her child, Lee said.

“But [the police] closed it as no crime,” he said.

A spokesman at the DCFS declined to comment.

The dog will be quarantined for the next 10 days at the Inland Valley Humane Society and may be euthanized if it is declared dangerous. If the owners choose not to voluntarily put down the dog, a hearing will be scheduled within the next few weeks, Lee said.

“I was a dog handler for 10 years and have been on this job for 21,” Lee said. “I have never seen anything like this before. This is such a freak accident.”

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You have to expect this kind of thing. Dogs are completely unpredictable, particularly where children are concerned.

it's a freak accident for sure. great danes are docile creatures; i'm sure the mother could've paid better attention to her surroundings while holding her baby in her arms. it always boils down to the parents.

this is a freak accident. dogs may be unpredictable but this is extreme. for all we know the dog thought the baby was a toy, who knows. i DO NOT think it should be put down because of this incident though. it will be very sad AND HORRIBLE if the judge rules to do it.

i hope the owner of the dog fights for the dog's life. i'm sorry the baby was injured but if a human had somehow caused the accident they wouldn't be killed would they?!

i hate when stories like this are reported. now uninformed people will think dogs are a danger to kids.

Hope this baby recovers fully. Injuries to babies rips your heart out.

The dog probably thought the baby was some kind of weird toy. As usual, it boils down to irresponsible dog owners...

Sounds fishy to me.

Are you kidding? Somebody let a Great Dane off a leash, but it's the mother's fault? How on earth is the dog owner not responsible here? Are we supposed to walk around with our babies strapped to our bodies and our dogs running free?

It is a 180 pound dog!!! I only weigh 120. I can't imagine having the strength to remain on my feet as a dog of that size "rushed out, slammed into [me], snatched the baby with his jaws." This animal did not calmly saunter by and happen by a baby on the sidewalk.

Should the mom have been carrying a shotgun and been on alert for baby-happy dogs to prove she "did enough to protect her child?"

This is the dog owner's fault, plain and simple.

Bad dog!

"Police and paramedics found her there..."

I don't get it. Dog snatches baby, runs 200 feet and drops her..yet the authorities find her still there? What gives?

The Department of Children and Family Services needs to keep their opinions and their noses out of matters that don't concern them!!

i like how the DCFS is pushing for an investigation to determine if the mother did enough to protect the child.

i have friends with danes this size and it is not easy (if not impossible) to keep your balance or hold anything that is in your hands/arms if they come lovingly pouncing toward you. tragic for both the child and the dog for what is likely mistaken identity (baby for toy).

"No criminal charges have been filed, but the Department of Children and Family Services is “pushing an investigation” into whether the mother did enough to protect her child, Lee said."

A 180 pound dog attacks a woman and her child and the MOTHER may be investigated? What's wrong with picture?

Why is a 180 pound dog allowed to terrorize the neighborhood and potentially kill a child? Why isn't the dog's owner responsible?

If the dog came out suddenly, bumps someone and snatches a child, how is it the parents fault?

Good for the police for making a rational decision regarding this incident. Shame on Child Services for trying to harvest yet another child for profit.

perhaps the great dane has a toy that resembles an infant, like a doll. dogs can easily mistake these things.

Could it be that the dog thought the baby was a toy? Freak accident is right. Weird things happen. A lot more info is needed before they euthanize a dog for being a dog. I pray the baby recovers fully.

How in the world could the mother be blamed for this? She was knocked over by a 180-pound dog. If anything, the owners should be blamed. Even if the dog was not purposefully being violent. What a terrible accident!

One silly reader says >You have to expect this kind of thing. Dogs are completely unpredictable, particularly where children are concerned.


And yet I read, "“I was a dog handler for 10 years and have been on this job for 21,” Lee said. “I have never seen anything like this before. This is such a freak accident.” in the article.

Whom to believe? Me thinks One silly reader is a paranoid doggy-doo-doo head.


Dog owners MUST CONTROL their dogs! It is NOT OK for animals with jaws as strong as theirs to be uncontrolled!

Owners who cannot control their dogs should not be allowed to keep them. Period.

"Department of Children and Family Services is “pushing an investigation” into whether the mother did enough to protect her child" -- what would they suggest, exactly?

When are we going to start holding dog owners accountable? Dogs are vicious animals that routinely run out of their yards, from their owners, etc. and attack people. I have been bit three times (all requiring stitches) and chased countless times when I had a paper route as a kid. Plus my daughter has been attacked on the beach. Every incident has been met with "he never acts like this." We know dogs attack kids especially. It's time to criminally prosecute people when their dogs do harm.

My sweet australian shepherd got a little spooked once at the dog park and ran 50 feet at top speed back to me. She normally would stop short or run a little past me, but this time the 55 pounder slammed right into me like a linebacker, sending me straight up into the air and causing me to land on my backside. (Of course she meant no harm, she just wanted to get back to me as quickly as possible.)

My point is there is no way that mom could have stopped the greyhound if the 180 pound dog wanted to grab the child. And in the dog's defense, maybe he thought he was protecting the baby?

How can they blame the mother for being accosted by a dog that was probably close to her height?

If the dog is 180 lbs, I don't know what the mom could have done. It's a terrible accident, and I hope the kid gets better.

Where were the owners of this dog and why was this dog not properly secured in an enclosed/fenced in yard? There are leash laws to obey and dogs are not supposed to be wandering free. Animal control needs to investigate why this dog and it's owners were in violation of this law.
I find it questionable why DCFS is investigating the mother while the attack occurred while she was holding her baby in her arms? Maybe her back was facing the oncoming 180 pound great dane?

 
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