NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A pit bull terrier fatally mauled a 7-day-old baby Wednesday as the child apparently lay next to his sleeping teenage mother.
The mother, whom neighbors identified as Nicole Koezeno, 16, didn't discover Thomas James Carter Jr. was dead until a neighbor said she knocked on the mother's door and woke her around noon. Koezeno answered the door, then turned around and saw what had happened to her newborn son, neighbors told the St. Petersburg Times.
Neighbor Jackie Frishe, 19, said the baby had claw and puncture marks on his back and stomach.
"There was nothing we could do," Frishe told the Times.
The attack was reported to 911 at 12:02 p.m. Paramedics took the infant to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.
Neighbors said the dog, named Sidon, belongs to the infant's father, Thomas James Carter, 21. The dog was taken away by Pasco County Animal Services.
The mother's brother, Jason Koezeno, 18, said his sister was excited about her pregnancy despite her young age, and even had a big baby shower.
He said the mother and father were trying to be a family.
"They love each other," he told the newspaper.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/14/1579228/7-day-old-florida-infant-dies.html#ixzz0l7iW5lM3
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