2021 dog bite fatalities ::

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2021 dog bite fatality victims


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Since March 1, 2020, our nonprofit has been monitoring the reduction in media reports regarding fatal dog maulings. During 2020, we saw a 45% decrease in media reports compared to 2019. Of the 46 persons killed by dogs in 2020, nearly one-quarter, 22%, lacked an official news release. From November 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020 (pre-pandemic), there were 19 dog bite fatalities reported. From November 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021 (amidst pandemic) there were 7 dog bite fatalities reported, an abnormal decrease of 63%. There is no precedent for this.

2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Cameron Jayce Hatfield

Cameron Hatfield

6-years old | Brunson, South Carolinaicon

Cameron Hatfield, 6-years old, was killed by a recently abandoned pit bull his mother was trying to rehome. Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Mullins Ford Road in response to a juvenile being attacked by a dog at about 2:00 pm. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the 6-year old child, who was deceased. Hampton County Animal Control officers also responded to the scene. The pit bull was apprehended by officers and later euthanized. The case was turned over to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Five days before the deadly attack, his mother posted a photo of the pit bull, stating, the dog is "great with other dogs, big and small, children, big and small, and my cat." After her son's death, she live streamed a video on Facebook, stating, "I was an advocate, supporter for pit bulls. What happened, happened so fast that there was nothing that anybody could do." Cameron was in kindergarten at Fennell Elementary School. Police do not anticipate filing charges. [source citations]

Date of death: January 20, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Keeper of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal American bulldog attack, Jane Doe

Infant Jane Doe

4-weeks old | Kearney, Nebraska

Infant Jane Doe, 4-weeks old, was attacked and killed by a family dog in the middle of the night. A Good Samaritan ambulance was dispatched to a home in the 500 block of West 14th Street for an infant not breathing at about 3:00 am, police said. Kearney Police officers were first to arrive on scene and discovered the newborn dead. A preliminary autopsy performed on February 11 confirmed the infant died as a result of "blunt force and cranial trauma caused by an American bulldog that resided with the family," according to a press release by Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton. A subsequent investigation into the history of the dog revealed no prior known aggressive behavior, states the release. The cause of death was ruled accidental. The dog was euthanized later the same day. Officials did not release the name of the baby or her family. A GoFundMe organized for funeral costs, said the baby was born on January 10, 2021 and died on February 10, 2021. Her parents have six other children. [source citations]

Date of death: February 10, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pack attack, Deann Stephenson

Deann Stephenson

59-years old | Porter, Texas

Deann Stephenson, 59-years old, was killed by a pack of vicious dogs as she walked to a corner store about a mile away from her home. Neighbors found Stephenson "lying in a roadside ditch with severe injuries." It appeared the dogs were "chewing" on her, according to media reports. The attack occurred in the 24800 block of Cunningham Drive. Arriving deputies discovered the victim had sustained multiple severe injuries after being attacked by a pack of mixed-breed dogs. She was transported to Kingwood Medical Center in critical condition with bites to her face, legs, arms, back, and neck. She died that same day at the hospital. Montgomery County Animal Control took possession of four dogs, which were described as a mixture of hound, shepherd and black mouth cur breeds. The dogs' owner was issued several citations. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office are investigating to determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the owner of the animals. [source citations]

Date of death: February 15, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Aziz Ahmed

Aziz Ahmed

3-years old | Carteret, New Jersey

Aziz Ahmed, 3-years old, was killed and his mother critically injured when a pair of pit bulls breached a fence-line and attacked them. Authorities responded to a home in the 100 block of East Laurel Street about 4:30 pm. The boy suffered "total evisceration" injuries. He was airlifted to a trauma center, where he later died. The mother was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Arriving police officers shot and killed both dogs. The dogs had escaped their home on Birch Street, one street over. Relatives said the dogs "dug their way" into the backyard of the Ahmed home. The same pit bulls were picked up by police for running at large on October 23, 2020. The "Found Animals of Carteret" Facebook page described the dogs as "2 loveable guys." Police returned the unregistered dogs to their owner. Neighbors said the pair of pit bulls routinely ran loose. Relatives said the boy's mother had informed the dogs' owner twice about her concerns, but the owner "laughed it off." No criminal charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: March 16, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, A'Myrikal Hull

A'Myrikal Hull

1-year old | Springfield, Illinoisicon

A'Myrikal Hull, 1-year old, was fatally bitten on the head by a pocket bully, a designer pit bull hybrid breed. The attack occurred at a home in the 800 block of Indiana Avenue. EMS transported the baby to HSHS St. John's Hospital Emergency Room, where she was later pronounced dead, according to a news release by the Sangamon County Coroner's Office. The baby lived with her grandmother, Bobbie Jo Stengel, who is also her guardian. Stengel is engaged to a man who is affiliated with a local pocket bully breeder. Cory Painter, a close friend of the family, told media outlets that when the baby got too close to the dog's food bowl, the dog latched onto her head. The baby's two teenage uncles had to pry the dog off of her. Painter said the dog's actions were out of character that day. The dog had never been violent with people or other animals before. The family owned the female dog for at least four years. Sangamon County Animal Control took custody of the dog. No criminal charges are anticipated. [source citations]

Date of death: March 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Grandmother
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jayden Henderson

Jayden Henderson

7-years old | Garner, North Carolinaicon

Jayden Henderson, 7-years old, was killed by her neighbor's two pit bulls her family had been caring for while their owners were out of town. The attack occurred just after 6:00 pm in the backyard of the owners' home on Roan Drive. Jayden and her mother suffered severe injuries in the attack; both were transported to WakeMed Health for emergency care. Jayden did not survive her injuries. WRAL-TV, who reported the attack, said that her mother, Heather Trevaskis, had been working at the news station for eight years as the master control operator. At WRAL, Jayden was known for playing hide-and-seek among the desks in the newsroom. Prior to the multi-victim attack, the owners of the pit bulls had created Instagram pages for their dogs, Athena and Blizten. Athena was adopted from the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) in December 2019, according to Instagram posts. WCAC now joins 14 other tax-funded shelters in the United States that have adopted out dogs that subsequently killed a person. [source citations]

Date of death: April 27, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Elayah Brown

Elayah Brown

4-years old | Fort Worth, Texasicon

Elayah Brown, 4-years old, was mauled to death by a family dog. Police officers were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of Oak Grove Road just after 5:00 pm, where the attack had been reported in a backyard. Officers found the 4-year old girl unresponsive and seriously injured by the dog. She was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in critical condition. She died just after 9:00 pm. Fort Worth animal care and control took custody of the dog, an unneutered male pit bull-mix. The family owned another pit bull that was not involved in the attack. Authorities left that pit bull at the home. "The sole dog responsible for this incident has been identified and is in the custody of Fort Worth animal care and control," police stated in a news release. Police Chief Neil Noakes called the deadly attack "a tragic incident" in a statement, adding that, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all first responders that responded to this call." The attacking dog was quickly euthanized. No charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: April 30, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Carter Settles

Carter Settles

1-month old | Norwich, Connecticuticon

Carter Settles, 1-month old, was mauled to death by a family dog. Officers were dispatched to 36 McKinley Avenue about 8:40 pm for a report of a dog attack. Arriving officers found the infant with traumatic injuries. The baby was being held by a family member when "the dog jumped up on the adult family member and began biting Carter," Norwich police Lt. John Perry said. "The infant sustained multiple traumatic injuries" and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police described the dog as a male pit bull-mix. Hours later, the baby's father, Timothy Settles, became a "person of interest" in an arson investigation. New London firefighters were dispatched to a 2-alarm fire on Rosemary Street about 4:00 am. Settles was the last person seen outside of the home before the fire. At the time of the dog attack, Settles no longer lived at the McKinley Avenue residence. Fire crews boarded up the damaged home and placed "condemned" signs along the exterior. As of May 12, Settles remains at large following the fire. [source citations]

Date of death: May 10, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Dustin Vincent

Dustin Vincent

27-years old | Sulphur, Louisiana icon

Dustin Vincent, 27-years old, died five days after being attacked by up to four pit bulls. Sulphur police officer were dispatched to a home in the 900 block of Platt Street around 10:30 am on May 6, 2021. They arrived to find a man on the ground inside a fence-in yard being actively attacked by three pit bulls. Officers Tased one of the dogs, causing the dogs to stop their attack. The victim was airlifted from the scene to Lafayette hospital in critical condition. At the time of the attack, the man had gone to the residence to see a family member, but that relative was not home. The victim suffered severe facial and skull damage, along with severe wounds to his legs, police said. Animal control impounded four pit bulls at the home. A television crew interviewed the owner of the dogs, Brandi Cormier, after the attack. "Everybody says pray for his family. But what about me?" Cormier asked. Family members began sharing on Facebook on May 11 that "Dustin gained his wings." A vigil in his memory was held on that evening. [source citations]

Date of death: May 11, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Property owner
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, John Henry

John Henry

46-years old | Big Spring, Texasicon

John Henry, 46-years old, died after being viciously attacked by a pit bull. Big Spring police officers responded to the 1100 block of East 13th Street about 6:00 am due to an unknown disturbance. Arriving officers observed a dog attacking a man outside and two other individuals trying to intervene to stop the attack, one of whom was also bitten by the dog. Officers fired in the direction of the dog, scaring the animal away. Henry was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center, where he died. Traci Myrick, who witnessed the attack, called 911. "They had sticks, they had a tire even, all throwing it at the dog," Myrick said. "The dog would stop a little bit and then go back to the man." Myrick is a former dispatch worker and owns multiple dogs; she said the attacking dog was a pit bull. She said the owner of the dog was living in an abandoned house on the block. Police had been called to the home four times in the last three weeks, according to Myrick. As of May 12, 2021, autopsy results are pending. [source citations]

Date of death: May 11, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Unreleased
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending

Additional victims - excluded

Deaths involving minor dog bite injury, dog-related caused injury (killed by a car while fleeing a dog) and cases that lacked a "reasonably clear" determination of death after dog bite injury are not included in our fatality statistical data. Deaths involving fatal non-bite injury (struck by dog death) or death due to untreated severe dog bites (sepsis) may be added to our data at a future time.

Police K9 fatalities

  • 01/31/21: Chad Songer, 41-years old (Spencer, Tennessee)

Unconfirmed deaths2

  • Feb/20: Infant John Doe, 0 (Epsom, New Hampshire)
Citations
  1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 25 other factors. Our Fatality Citations section documents sources used in our dog bite fatality research. Learn more about our data collection method, which includes collecting breed identification photographs, police and coroner reports in certain cases, legal filings, court filings, legislative materials and more.
  2. Unconfirmed deaths indicate a high probability of a fatal dog mauling given the information we have received, but a low to zero probability of our obtaining confirmation due to state privacy laws. Unconfirmed deaths may be added to our data at a future time if we can obtain this confirmation.