MOUNT VERNON — An autopsy is scheduled for today for a 1-month-old infant killed Wednesday in a suspected dog mauling attack.
Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said the autopsy is expected to be held this afternoon on the baby boy, who died in an apparent animal attack at a Pike Township residence. However, Ogle said no information is expected to be released today, “as the case remains under active investigation.”
The boy’s death was reported by his father at approximately 6:12 a.m., Wednesday. In a 911 call, the father states that his dog has killed his son. The father also tells dispatchers that his son is dead and has extensive head injuries.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer reported that two dogs were removed from the home. Writing in a press release this morning, Shaffer said the dogs, described as “pit bull, or pit bull mix,” were “euthanized for examination.”
Public record requests submitted to Shaffer and the Knox County Dog Warden indicate there were no prior incidents involving dogs at the address.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also assisting in the investigation.
Shaffer, writing in the email today, said grief counseling is being provided to the deceased child’s family members. A critical incident debriefing will be held for first responders and dispatchers, Shaffer said.
Monetary donations for the child’s family will be accepted at a free public event Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon. For more information, call the retirement campus at 740-397-2350.