St. Charles toddler attacked by family dog dies
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – The 22-month-old girl that was mauled by her family’s dog last week has died from her injuries. Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that Deriah Solem died Saturday at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as injury to the head and neck.
The attack happened August 7, 2014, at the family’s home on Essex Street in St. Charles. The child’s grandmother, 58, was babysitting the girl and her two brothers. The grandmother, 58, had just finished feeding the girl and placed her on the floor right before the dog attacked.
The dog, an 80-pound pitbull mix, had had shown some aggressive behavior before, but had not attacked. The dog has since been euthanized.
The grandmother tried to pry the dog’s mouth off the child and the dog bit her hand. She lost tips of two fingers on each hand.