Coroner rules baby killed by dog 'an accident'

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 9:37 AM
Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 7:12 PM

Death of 7-month-old ruled an accident

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has ruled the death of an infant attacked and killed by a dog on Sunday was an accident.

Johnathan Quarles Jr. died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner's preliminary findings from the autopsy.

The final coroner's report on the 7-month-old boy, who lived in Indianapolis, won't be completed for up to eight weeks.

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The infant was under the care of his stepgrandmother when the dog attacked him inside a home in the 2200 block of Riverside Drive around 12:24 p.m.

Police are investigating what they initially characterized as a pit bull attack. It remains unclear why the dog attacked the infant.

Records at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center show an American Staffordshire Terrier, which resembles a pit bull, is registered at the address.