July 31, 2010 – SAN DIEGO — A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by his family’s dog late Saturday morning inside a Tierrasanta home, police said.
The incident happened at 11:33 a.m. at a house on Lofberg Street in a military housing area just east of Interstate 15, said San Diego Police Department Sgt. Ray Battrick.
The boy, Aaron Carlson, was attacked in an upstairs bedroom in front of some or all of his three siblings: a 3-year-old brother and 5- and 7-year-old sisters, said police Lt. Rick O’Hanlon.
Their mother was laying on the downstairs couch of the two-story duplex when the oldest child alerted her to what happened, the lieutenant added. The father is a serviceman deployed overseas.
The victim was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital but couldn’t be saved, Battrick said.
“No criminal charges are pending,” O’Hanlan said. “It appeared the dog caused the injuries to the child. What provoked the animal to do this is unknown at this point.”
He said it was his understanding that there was no previous problem with the dog, a 1.5-year-old shepherd mix that the family has owned for about six months.
Authorities are investigating the incident, and the dog has been secured and will be taken away by animal control officers. Military security officers have restricted access to streets leading to the family’s home.
“At this point, it appears to be a horrible tragedy,” O’Hanlon said.