A day after his first birthday, Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was killed when he was attacked by his family’s mastiff dog. Jeremiah was at his grandmother’s house in Las Vegas when he crawled over to the dog, a Mastiff-Rhodesian mix weighing about 120 pounds and started to pet him.
The dog then attacked the baby, sinking his teeth into Jeremiah’s head and shaking him. Jeremiah's father, Chris Shahan, believes he tried to grab the dog’s fur to stand up when the animal turned vicious.
"It took me about 20 seconds to run downstairs and I got the dog off of the baby. The baby’s face was torn off."Jeremiah was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus and then flown by helicopter to UMC's Trauma Unit. Jeremiah, who had turned one on Thursday, died from his injuries at approximately 1:45am on Saturday morning.The six-year-old dog, named Onion, will be put down after he is quarantined for rabies.
The Mastiff had been around the baby since he was born and the family said he had never been aggressive towards people.Shahan said the pet was a 'good dog' that had helped get his mother through her lung cancer.Police said they are still investigating why the dog attacked the baby