Authorities say a young boy has died after he was viciously attacked by two pit bulls in southeastern Wisconsin this week.
According to WXOW 19 News, 14-month-old Dax Bogart was at his babysitter’s apartment in Walworth County Wednesday afternoon when the sitter’s two dogs suddenly lunged at the child and began biting him.
The babysitter, identified as 30-year-old Susan Iwicki, immediately jumped in to stop the attack but was unable to remove the animals from young Dax. Police eventually arrived on the scene and removed the two pit bulls — the animals were later euthanized.
The toddler was taken to Mercy-Walworth Medical Center before being airlifted to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where he died about 3:30 pm, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.
Following Dax death, friends of the family told WISN 12 News described how his parents had spent a long time trying for a baby.
“Just unbelievable. (I’m) at a loss for words. They’re both beautiful parents and tried hard for a long time to have this baby, and now it just got taken away,” said family friend Dario Newell.
Emily Dueschen, another friend of the child’s father, added, “I just want (the child’s father) to know that I love him, and that we’re all here to support him in whatever he needs. We’re all here for him.”
The investigation into the case is still open.
There was no initial word as to whether the babysitter faces any criminal charges.
WTAQ notes that Wednesday’s mauling was the first fatal dog attack in the area since 2002, when a 10-year-old girl was killed by six Rottweilers.
More on the pit bull attack that took the life of Dax Bogart in the video below: