Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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September 25, 2012

UPDATE: Dog attack kills Burleson infant

Pit bull mix euthanized after mauling 3-month-old baby

Burleson police are investigating the death of a newborn after the family’s dog mauled the child to death Monday night.

The victim, 3-month-old Rayden Eugene Bruce of Burleson, was attacked inside the family’s home while police were outside responding to a domestic disturbance call.

“Our communications people got a 911 hangup call at about 6:48 p.m. last night,” BPD Commander Cindy Aaron. “They were able to trace the call to the 200 block of Linda Drive. They went to one house, but the people said they hadn’t called the police. They then left that house and kept looking in the neighborhood.”

Aaron said the child’s mother, 20-year-old Jessica Oxner, ran up to the officers from 227 Linda Drive and said she and her boyfriend were arguing. Police eventually made contact with the boyfriend, who is the child’s father, and the 3-month-old child, who was fine at the time.

The father, 20-year-old Barrett Bruce, lives at the Burleson home. The mother was in the process of moving out, Aaron said.

“Officers had resolved the disturbance and a couple of officers were there taking witness statements,” she said. “The baby had fallen asleep and the officers had seen him, but they had not been inside.”

After police had been on the scene for about an hour, the infant’s grandfather took him back into the house and laid him on the bed while officers were still out in the front yard.

“One of the officers said she could see [Barrett] inside writing his statement as she kept the mother outside on the street to keep the disturbance contained,” Aaron said. “Then the grandfather came running out with the baby in his hands.”

The grandfather said he laid the baby on the bed and went to another room when he heard a noise. The father’s 4-year-old male pit bull mix, Brody, had the baby on the floor, Aaron said.

The infant suffered head trauma and “obvious injuries to his head,” Aaron said as she read the police report. He was transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, and Burleson police received information at about 8:29 p.m. that he died.

The dog was taken into custody by Burleson Animal Services and euthanized Tuesday morning, supervisor Kim Peckler said.

Police and detectives are conducting an investigation on the infant’s father, Aaron said. Police have also been in contact with Child Protective Services.

Aaron said there was no indication whether any other children were in the home, but there was another dog, also believed to be a pit bull, which was not aggressive.

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