2008-10-09 / Local & State

Infant Killed By Family Dog

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) - A 2- month-old boy died Sunday after being mauled by a mixed-breed family dog.

The boy, identified as Iokepa Liptak, was pronounced dead at an area hospital early Sunday morning. The attack happened shortly after midnight.

Two adults also were injured as they tried to subdue the dog.

The child's 31-year-old mother was bitten and taken to the hospital, said Honolulu Police Maj. Frank Fujii.

She was in stable condition, said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services spokesman.

Another adult injured in the attack was not taken to the hospital, Cheplic said.

Police have classified the case as an unattended death. An autopsy will be scheduled Monday.

The Hawaiian Humane Society took custody of the black dog after no one claimed ownership, said spokeswoman Kawehi Yim. The dog is being held in isolation.

"Our hearts go out to the family,'' Yim said. "This is probably one of the few times when a dog attack has actually resulted in a death.''

The dog will be kept at the Hawaiian Humane Society until police and Humane Society officials decide what to do next. It's unclear whether the dog will be euthanized.

Neighbor Bob Vidinha said the dog terrified his grandchildren and motivated him to line his fence with iron sheeting.

"That dog is real aggressive,'' Vidinha said.

Another neighbor, Jennifer Archer, said the dog weighed about 40 pounds and should have been kept in a cage outside.

"Why would you even bring it in the house?'' she said.

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