A 3-year-old boy tragically died in South Africa after a neighbor’s pit bull that he often played with leaped through the window, dragged him outside and clamped down on his neck as his parents, who are deaf, slept nearby.
The toddler, who was mute and also deaf, could not cry for help.
Luqmaan Jardien was mauled by the dog between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Monday, reported South Africa news site IOL.
The dog “inexplicably” jumped through a window and attacked, a female relative told the Daily Voice. No one saw it immediately.
“We didn’t hear anything because he is mute like his parents,” the relative said. “He couldn’t scream for help.”
Other family members saw the attack unfolding and ran outside to rescue the child, struggling with the dog to extricate him from its jaws.
“I picked Luqmaan up from where he was lying,” Luqmaan’s uncle, Dawood Stuart, told IOL. “On my way into the house, the dog came for Luqmaan again; it was a struggle for me to get him into the house.”
The dog also bit Stuart, he said, lunging at him as he brought Luqmaan inside.
“The dog tried to get inside the house, but my dad and cousin pushed the door,” the female relative told the Daily Voice. “But the dog still tried to force its way in, its head was caught (in the door). They didn’t let go of the door and that is maybe when it suffocated and later died.”
Luqmaan was still breathing when Stuart got him inside and lay him on a table, family friend Nabeelah Daniels told IOL, but the boy was declared dead by the time they got him to a hospital.
The bereft family members said they will never know what sparked the dog’s rage, since Luqmaan had often played alone with it.
“We just took it that the dog must’ve been provoked, was somehow provoked,” Stuart told IOL. “There’s no other way the dog would bite him. The dog was fine on other days with him. He would play with the dog with me in the afternoons.”
The bereft and devastated parents will never really know what happened.
“I loved my son a lot,” father Ganief Jardien told IOL. “We were always together, and I am going to miss him a lot.”
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