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Family dog kills 3-week-old infant

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

RIALTO — Jealousy may have prompted two Siberian huskies to maul an infant girl to death in her bassinet, authorities speculated. 

Josie Simone Hearon died during surgery at a hospital several hours after Tuesday morning’s attack. She was 25 days old. 

The mother, whose name was not released, left the baby in the living room while she stepped onto the porch and briefly talked to a pest control worker about a beehive, authorities said. 

She returned to find that the 4-year-old dogs had bitten the infant on her head, chest and abdomen, police Sgt. Sarah King said. 

Although an investigation continued, there did not appear to be any negligence on the mother’s part, officials said. 

It was “a horrible accident,” King said. 

It was not clear what would happen to the dogs, which were quarantined at an animal shelter. A court order would be needed to have them destroyed, Detective Mary Ortiz said. 

King said the owner must decide what to do with them. 

Neighbors said the dogs had not appeared to be violent. 

Ortiz said the dogs may have been jealous of the infant.