Who was Sadie Davila? Mom of Lousiana girl, 7, mauled to death by pit bull demands owner be punished
EAST BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA: A wandering pit bull fatally mauled a seven-year-old Louisiana child while she was playing outside her relative's house. Sadie Davila, of East Baton Rouge, was attacked by an insanely ferocious dog on Friday night, Jan 6, and taken to the hospital where she later died tragically from her severe injuries, according to reports.
Erick Chinchilla Lopez, 20, a neighbor of Sadie's relative, was arrested and accused of negligent homicide for neglecting to confine or control the dog. Sadie's parents were saddened by their daughter's tragic death, and the mother Haley Anselmo demanded justice for her family's broken heart.
"My mini me. The light in my heart," The little girl's shattered mother Haley Anselmo posted on Facebook describing her daughter. "Words don't exist for what this feeling is. "My family is shattered. Please pray for us. Pray they press charges on the dog's owners & hold them responsible."
The assault took place along Hoo Shoo Too Road, close to Kendalwood Road around 6.30 pm on Friday, January 6. The arrest report states that Lopez's residence lacked even a fence or other physical barrier to prevent the dog from wandering the streets. Sadie's relative attempted to protect her from the dog, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, but was unable to halt the violent attack, as reported by Daily Mail. The attack was reported to animal control, and the dog is now in their custody.
Her father, Mikey Davila, claimed he was speechless in the wake of his family's trauma. "RIP my sweet Sadie Elizabeth, 7 years old & taken from us in the most violent way," Davila said in an Instagram post sharing the news. "The world is a cruel place. You were the light in my heart," as cited in Daily Mail. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux of the EBR Parish joined the neighborhood's grief over the loss of the first-grader. "This is an awful, heartbreaking tragedy," he said to WAFB. "My heart goes out to this family, and they will remain in my prayers."
As per reports, Sadie, a student at Woodlawn Elementary School in the EBR Parish School District, was praised by staff as a kid who made her class happy. Sadie was fierce and spunky, but she was also kind and tender-hearted, according to her teacher Grace Feucht. "She was fearless and would sing her heart out in front of her classmates. She was a gift to me and made me smile and laugh many times. I sadly expect our classroom to feel considerably emptier Monday without her precious presence. I am so grateful to have had the honor of teaching her." District Superintendent Sito Narcisse stated, "This news is devastating to our entire school community, as young Sadie was blossoming in the dawn of her life and education with so much promise awaiting her. It is difficult to comprehend the enormous pain and remorse her family and friends are experiencing in the wake of this tragedy."
Sadie's mother also wrote on Facebook thanking people who have reached out to her during this toughest time. She wrote, "Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Y'all have shown so much care & kindness. We thank y'all for your prayers." She added, "We will be making a media statement with our lawyer soon."