Thursday, November 5, 2015


He was in his father's bed asleep when the father stepped outside to talk to his landlord on November 5, 2006. The father was reportedly outside for "5 to 10 minutes." In this time, the pit bulls dragged the boy from the bed and began mauling him on the floor. The boy died the next morning at a hospital. The pair had recently moved to the location of the attack in Bamberg South Carolina and the father had not yet had time to build a pen for the dogs. The father was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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BAMBERG – A one-year-old boy died after he was mauled by four pit bulls in his home Saturday night, Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell said Sunday.
Allen L. Young of 910 Sweetpea Road, Bamberg, died following the attack that occurred just after 10 p.m. Authorities believe the child died of multiple trauma to the head and body.
The victim’s father, 25-year-old Michael Anton Young Jr., told deputies he had just moved in the mobile home where the incident occurred Saturday afternoon, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.
He said he put the child in bed around 10 p.m. before stepping outside the home to talk to his boss, who is also his landlord.
Michael Young said when he re-entered the home, everything was quiet, and he saw a few of the dogs exiting the bedroom. Young said he then saw his son on the kitchen floor, bleeding.
He and his boss transported the boy to Bamberg County Hospital, where Allen Young was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland’s trauma center and died just hours after the attack.
Allen Young’s body was sent to Newberry on Sunday for an autopsy.
Michael Young told deputies the dogs were hitched outside at his mother’s house, where he last lived, and he was planning to hitch them outside his home the following day. He said his mother told him the dogs had to go with him when he moved, according to the report.
“He wanted to leave them until Monday,” Darnell said, when Michael Young said he would have time to chain them outside.
But Darnell said by the time he was finished moving Saturday, Michael Young chose to keep the dogs in the house until the next day, according to his statements to authorities.
“He’d never had any problems with the dogs before,” Darnell said. “In fact, the child … had helped feed them before.”
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was contacted following the attack, and the dogs were euthanized by a Bamberg veterinarian before their heads were sent to DHEC for rabies testing.
Darnell said the rabies testing is standard and no family members are being treated for the illness at this time.
“We just wanted to make sure they (the dogs) were all right,” he said. “Once these dogs see blood, that’s what drives them.”

He said the dogs were friendly when deputies and a K-9 unit responded to the house to take them into custody.
“The dogs came right to them … and they picked them up with no trouble,” Darnell said. “These were pit bulls, but they were not trained to fight. They were just pets.”
An investigation into the incident should be complete later in the week, Darnell said.
“His (Allen Young’s) father is 25 years old, and he’s going to have to live with this the rest of his life,” Darnell said. “I’m sure he didn’t mean for this to happen. It was just an unfortunate incident.”
Darnell said in his 29 years serving with the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office, he has never had a child die by dog bite.
“It’s sad when you see a small child like that, helpless,” he said. “People need to keep dogs away from small children.
“These are not Chihuahuas or poodles. This type of dog does not need to be around small children.”

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