An 80-pound pit bull attacked a 1-year-old boy at his babysitter’s home around noon Oct. 7 in the 1100 block of South Highland Avenue, according to Oak Park Police.

The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and the dog was impounded at the Animal Care League for a 10-day rabies hold, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

According to police, the dog was “quartered” on the back porch of the residence. The dog was known to the babysitter, although it was not her dog, Reynolds said. When the back door was opened, the dog rushed into the house and attacked the baby, police said.

The child was taken to West Suburban Hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds on the head from the dog’s teeth and lacerations from the dog’s claws, hospital staff told police. The child’s wounds, according to staff, required three surgical staples.

The babysitting arrangement, according to Reynolds, was “informal.” 

The dog owner was issued a local ordinance citation and will appear at a vicious dog hearing, Reynolds said.  

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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