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Pit Bulls That Killed Child Tested Negative for Rabies

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Shown is the house where the deadly dog attack occurred. (Photo: WBOC) Shown is the house where the deadly dog attack occurred. (Photo: WBOC)
Delaware Animal Care and Control officials released these photos of the three dogs prior to their being euthanized. Delaware Animal Care and Control officials released these photos of the three dogs prior to their being euthanized.
FELTON, Del.- The three pit bulls that attacked and killed a 4-year-old boy and injured his pregnant mother in Kent County earlier this week have tested negative for rabies.

Officials with the Delaware Division of Public Health announced the results Friday morning.

Delaware State Police said the incident happened at around 4 p.m. Wednesday as Kassi Haith, of Camden, and his mother, Kyeisha Haith, 24, were visiting with a family friend at a home on the 900 block of Edwardsville Road, just west of Felton.

Police said Kyeisha Haith - who is several months pregnant - and her friend were inside the home while Kassi was outside playing in the yard around her friend's three pit bulls. According to police, the boy had been around the dogs numerous times in the past.

Investigators said when Kyeisha Haith looked out of the window to check on her son, she saw the dogs attacking him. Police said while her friend called 9-1-1, Kyeisha Haith immediately ran out in an attempt to save her son. She was then bit numerous times on both arms, according to police. Troopers said two repairmen from Ambient Heating and Cooling working at the house also attempted to save the boy by fending off the dogs with PVC piping and helping Kyeisha Haith escape the attacking dogs.
 
Police said EMS and troopers responded to the scene and began first aid on Kasii before he was soon pronounced dead. The boy's body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will conduct an autopsy to rule the exact cause and manner of death. Kyeisha Haith was transported by EMS to Kent General Hospital for treatment of her injuries and observation.

Delaware Animal Care and Control officers also responded to the scene and took possession of the dogs, which were placed in the home's garage before being taken away to be euthanized and tested for rabies. The dogs were unvaccinated and they were not spayed or neutered, officials said.

According to the First State Animal Center and SPCA, they say its still unknown at this time if the owner of the three pit bulls will face charges because it ios the first violent incident reported involving the animals. But animal control officials said they were called earlier that morning for a complaint about dogs, which were later confirmed to be the same dogs running around the neighborhood.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.
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