MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a month-old infant believed to have been killed by a dog.

According to Knox County 911 records, deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to a 16000 block Wooster Road, Pike Township, residence at approximately 6:12 a.m., this morning, for a deceased male infant.

In a 911 call, the baby’s father stated his son is dead and has injuries to the head. The father also said that the dog killed the baby.

At the time of the call, the father told the dispatcher that the dog is still in the house.

Fredericktown Community Joint Ambulance District EMS Chief Rick Lanuzza confirmed that Fredericktown responded but declined further comment.

According to a press release issued by Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer, the Knox County Animal Shelter personnel removed two dogs from the residence this morning.

The Knox County Coroner’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identification are assisting with the investigation.

No further details have been released as of noon.

Thursday update From the Knox County Sheriff’s Office:

Detectives are continuing the death investigation of a one month old infant that occurred on Wooster Road north of Mount Vernon. Initial responding officers discovered the father, deceased infant, and two dogs at the residence. An autopsy on the infant is scheduled for today. As part of the investigation, the two dogs that were removed from the residence were euthanized for examination. The breed of the dogs were described by animal control officers as pit bull, or a pit bull mix.

Grief counseling is being provided to family members. First responders and dispatchers will be involved in a critical incident debriefing.

From the Knox County Sheriff’s Office:

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Knox County Coroner’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the death of a one month old infant. The initial caller indicated that his dog may have been involved. Deputies contacted personnel from the Knox County Dog Warden’s Office to remove two dogs from the residence. The case remains under investigation.


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