Two Killed by Pit Bulls on Same Day in March

On March 31, 2014, 3-year-old Christopher Malone of Thorton, Mississippi, was killed by his parents’ two pit bulls in the family’s back yard. 

Also on March 31, 2014, 85-year-old Dorothy Hamilton of Kaufman, Texas, was killed by her son’s 8 pit bulls in the living room of her home.

These decedents are from the two age-groups which have the greatest number of dog bite victims, namely the very young and the very old. 

March 2014 saw 5 people killed by dogs. In every case, the dogs were pit bulls. In 4 of the 5 fatal attacks, the pit bulls were owned by the parents or the child of the victim. Here are the other March deaths:

On March 1, 2014, 2-year old Raymane Robinson Jr., of Killeen, Texas was killed by a bullmastiff after it charged out of its owner’s garage and attacked. The dog dragged the toddler down the neighborhood sidewalk.

On March 14, 2014, Nancy Newberry, 77, was killed by her daughter’s pit bull inside their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Her husband said the dog had “always been a little aggressive” and had “nipped” a couple of his daughter’s friends.

On March 26, 2014, Mia Derouen, 4, of Houma, Louisiana, died after a savage attack by one of her parents’ two pit bulls.

The USA has tallied 14 people killed by dogs so far this year — one death per week, at least 9 caused by pit bulls. For details, see Canine Homicides: July 2006 to Present