A dog was killed after mauling a 5-year-old boy to death on Monday night in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Chicago.
The boy was attacked around 9:30 p.m., reports CBS News Chicago. Neighbors called 911 after hearing the boy’s mother screaming for help.
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“I heard the lady come out the house … and the dog had her son’s neck in his mouth, and she said, ‘Oh, my God, can someone please help me?'” neighbor Bianca White told CBS News.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim of the mauling as James Nevils III.
Witnesses said the attack started inside a home, and the boy’s mother was able to drag the dog and the boy outside, begging neighbors to help her get the dog off her son.
“I saw that it was a dog had mauled a baby at the neck, and like by his shoulder, and was just attacking him, and the mom was trying to get the dog off the baby, and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, please, somebody help,'” White told CBS News.
Neighbors used sticks and rocks to try to beat the dog away from the young boy, and tried to free the child from its jaws, but the boy was lifeless by the time the dog finally let him go.
“We started hitting the dog with a brick. My brother got the pole, started hitting the dog with the pole,” neighbor Marquies Lewis said. “I wasn’t really thinking about nothing, but getting the dog off the baby.”
Police said the dog was found dead at the scene when officers arrived. Police have not confirmed the breed of the dog.
The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead.
Police were conducting a death investigation, but no charges have been filed as of Tuesday morning.