Dog-attack victim's mother released from psychiatric ward
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
CARDIFF HALL, St Ann:
The traumatised mother of the two-year-old child who was mauled by dogs in St Ann was released from the psychiatric ward of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital on Tuesday.
The Gleaner was unable to reach her for comments.
On Monday, at the upscale community of Cardiff Hall in Runaway Bay, two-year-old Maximillian Guscott, on vacation in Jamaica with his mom and other relatives, was mauled to death by a group of around six dogs, said to include bull mastiffs.
This incident occured almost a year to the day when a vicious dog attack took place in St Ann.
On January 2, 2014, a three-year-old boy was attacked and seriously wounded by a pit bull at his home in Parry Town.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Michael Young, of the St Ann police, said Maximillian suffered extensive wounds, including a punctured lung.
Reports are that the child, an American citizen, was left at the home in the company of several teenage children, when somehow he was exposed to the dogs which are kept on the premises.
The dogs attacked the toddler, inflicting several wounds to the body before they could be subdued.
The injured child was rushed to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital around 5:30 p.m. and died about 9:00 p.m., according to the police.
It was then that the police were notified of the incident and an investigation launched.
No progress as yet
DSP Young told The Gleaner on Wednesday that the investigation has since stalled as the police are not able to question the children without an adult being present, and the mother was not yet in a position to facilitate that.
Over the years, the police have warned members of the public about purchasing certain breeds of dogs as pets, to include pit bulls, which are considered the most dangerous breed of dog in the world.
According to the site www.therichest.com, the top five most dangerous dogs are, from number one, pit bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Dobermann pinscher and bull mastiff.