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Non-verbal Deaf 3-Year-Old Boy Mauled To Death By Pit Bull As He Couldn't Cry Out For Help

Non-verbal Deaf 3-Year-Old Boy Mauled To Death By Pit Bull As He Couldn't Cry Out For Help

The dog “inexplicably” jumped through a window and attacked the boy, a relative revealed.

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In a tragic and unfortunate incident, a 3-year-old boy from South Africa was mauled to death by a dog. According to Daily News, the boy, who is Deaf and nonverbal, was killed by a neighbor's pit bull in Hanover Park, Cape Town. The ferocious dog is said to have dragged him outside and clamped down on his neck as his parents, who are also Deaf, slept nearby. Since the toddler was Deaf and nonverbal, he couldn't cry out for help. Luqmaan Jardien was mauled by the dog between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Monday, reported South Africa news outlet IOL. The dog allegedly was friendly and familiar with Jardien, but no one knows what provoked the dog. 



 

 

Jardien's uncle, Dawood Stuart, said he tried his best to rescue his nephew from the dangerous dog. “I picked Luqmaan up from where he was lying. On my way into the house, the dog came for Luqmaan again; it was a struggle for me to get him into the house,” Stuart said. He then revealed that the dog bit him, too, when he tried to save Jardien from the dog. No matter what he tried, the dog just wouldn't let go of the boy, and eventually, Stuart, left with no choice, used the door, and managed to strangle the animal. This was possible only because the dog's head was in the doorway. 



 

 

The dog “inexplicably” jumped through a window and attacked Jardin, a relative told the Daily Voice. No one saw it immediately. “We didn’t hear anything because he is mute like his parents,” the relative said. “He couldn’t scream for help.” She then revealed, “The dog tried to get inside the house, but my dad and cousin pushed the door. But the dog still tried to force its way in, its head was caught (in the door). They didn’t let go of the door and that is maybe when it suffocated and later died.” When Stuart managed to get Jardien away from the dog, he laid the gravely injured boy on the table at home. At that point, he was still breathing.



 

 

However, when the child was taken to a Heideveld Day Hospital for treatment, he was declared dead. The family was still puzzled as to what caused the dog to turn against the little boy because the pit bull used to play with Jardien regularly. “We just took it that the dog must’ve been provoked, was somehow provoked. There’s no other way the dog would bite him. The dog was fine on other days with him. He would play with the dog with me in the afternoons,” Stuart said. He then added that Jardien's parents were beyond devastated by the loss of their precious little boy, who couldn't even cry out loud for help.



 

 

Ganief Jardien, the boy's father, said he did not want any other child or person to suffer the same fate as his son. “I loved my son a lot. We were always together, and I am going to miss him a lot,” he said. Community Police Forum executive member Yaseen Johaar said: “It’s very sad, because I don’t even know if the child could call out for help." Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said Philippi police also opened an inquest into the death of the boy. “According to reports, the 3-year-old boy was attacked by a dog. He was transported to a nearby medical facility, where he later died due to injuries sustained.”



 

 


 
 
 
 


 
 

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