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December 12, 2013

Family dogs kill toddler as father slept on couch

Police say her death was an accident; the dogs were playing and didn't mean to hurt her

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Authorities say a 3-month-old Ohio girl is dead after she was bitten by the family’s dogs.

Police say Mia Gibson was bitten inside the family’s Columbus condo Tuesday morning. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Sgt. Steven Little tells The Columbus Dispatch the family’s two Shiba Inus didn’t appear to have attacked the baby, but rather were playing with her. Little the girl had been on the couch with her father an apparently fell to the floor as her father slept.

Police say the girl had been born prematurely and was brought home from the hospital around Thanksgiving. They’re calling her death an accident.

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Columbus police say it doesn’t appear the parents will be charged county prosecutors will review the case.

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Christy Bennett Christy Bennett Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:36:52 AM an accident?really? wow:(
Jose A Marrero Jr Jose A Marrero Jr Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:12:17 PM I'm pretty sure if the dogs were pitbulls, the story would be completely different. I say lock up the parents. Accident my ass!
Ashley Kalk Ashley Kalk Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:19:19 PM it was an accident but the father fell asleep while his infant was on the couch?? who leaves their child on the couch where it could easily fall off if you are not paying attention?? and im sorry but everyone knows you cannot leave a child unattended around animals this is always an accident waiting to happen.
Tammy L Field Tammy L Field Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:21:25 PM Surely this is a case of criminal neglect? However, I doubt any punishment a court could mete out will match the punishment the parents, and especially the father, are already suffering: knowing they were responsible for the death of their poor child.
Stacy Pickett Stacy Pickett Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:34:31 PM The child was on the couch with the father when he feel asleep. He didn't lwave the baby alone.
Lindsay Crater Lindsay Crater Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:53:44 PM If the dogs were pit bulls, they would have been seized and put down within the hour!
Vikki L Ward Vikki L Ward Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:27:32 PM Sounds like there is more to the story that we are not getting. If the parents brought home a premature baby, why in the world would dad be sleeping with it on the couch??? Second, the dogs were probably not being malicious. them, a premie falls to the floor that's playtime....they don't know the difference. Don't blame the dogs for the parents dumb ass mistake!!!
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller Friday, December 13, 2013 11:51:39 AM During L&D clinicals, I saw lots of parents repeatedly ignoring safety instructions they were repeatedly given. Fits the definition of gross negligence.
Jose A Marrero Jr Jose A Marrero Jr Friday, December 13, 2013 2:28:03 PM @ashley kalk, EXACTLY!!
Jose A Marrero Jr Jose A Marrero Jr Friday, December 13, 2013 2:32:18 PM If the baby was in his crib or other safe place, this wouldn't have happened. The Father should be charged with negligence. The same way we as EMT's are charged when something happens to our pt's while in our care.
Tracey Sensabaugh-Whaley Tracey Sensabaugh-Whaley Monday, December 16, 2013 8:47:51 AM Omg.. all of YOU ppl shld b so ashamed of yourselves any of u that r parents with a new baby home or even older children u have never fell asleep with that child together on the couch? An u think there's more to the story an exactly what do u think happened? Not every story we hear means parents were trying to harm they're child..but PLZ stop judging EVERYONE that job wasNOT given to any of us.. I will say I'm the first person to distrust ppl and what they have to say or they're true intent.. but I just can't stomach the things we say abut others anymore esp since none of u no this family an u don't have to say it to they're faces shame on you ALL!!!

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