Six-month-old baby boy mauled to death by babysitter's boxer-pit bull mix while she was cleaning her car
A six-month-old boy was mauled to death on Tuesday in North Carolina by his babysitter's dog, according to police. Reports state that the boy, Jacari Long of Lexington, was in his caretake's home in the 700 block of Winston Road in Salisbury when the incident occurred at around 2.30 pm.
The babysitter reportedly went outside to clean out the backseat of her car so she could leave with the baby. However, while she was outside, she heard her mother scream and rushed back into the house to find her boxer-pit bull mix dog attacking the baby.
The child was rushed to Novant Rowan Medical Center and was later airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to a Daily Mail report.
Rowan County Animal Control, meanwhile, took the woman's dog from her house to a shelter. No charges against the babysitter have been filed in the case so far. The dog's fate also remains unknown.
The baby's parents took to Facebook to post messages about their loss. Jacari's father, Jayy Lemar, in a heartbreaking post wrote: "I DONT wanna be here I want my baby back."
While the boy's mother, Dayzha Brown, thanked everyone for reaching out and expressing their condolences. She asked the family's supporters to continue praying for the family.
A GoFundMe page was launched by Jacari's paternal grandmother, Georgia fashion designer Avnah Long, to seek donations for the funeral of her grandson.
This is King, the dog police say attacked Jacari Long. Rowan County Animal Services says he will be euthanized. The owners have signed King over to Animal Shelter, and they made the decision to euthanize him. pic.twitter.com/zQX9GGJHES— Katy Solt (@katysolt) March 6, 2019
Long, in the campaign description, wrote: "My heart is broken as I am writing this... I am just shattered to pieces to even have to ask for support of funds to help with the burial of my 6-month-old grandson."
She added, "All funding will go towards his funeral, memorial/ burial expenses and anything left over will go to counseling for the parents as they are heavily grieving as we all are. The family truly appreciates everyone’s support at this time."
Over $5,000 of the $10,000 goal has been raised as of Thursday morning.
Please keep our family in prayer.— AVNAH ® (@AVNAH) March 6, 2019
Rest In Peace my darling grandson... I’m heartbroken 💔 https://t.co/Xrto9o9fz4