19-month-old boy mutilated to death by his family’s dog in Brooklyn; dad arrested

NEW YORK CITY – A toddler has died in Brooklyn, mutilated by the family dog, and the boy’s father is now under arrest.

Police said Vernon Foster, 30, left his 19-month-old son Ryan Francis Foster in the care of his two other children, aged 9 and 11, on his way to work.

Authorities say their family dog, a Rottweiler described as having a history of aggression, turned on the toddler for some unknown reason.

Officers were dispatched to a first floor apartment on East 17th Street in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, they found the young boy bleeding profusely and with multiple wounds on his body.

Investigators say that after the attack, the boy’s older brothers fled the apartment with the injured brother in search of help.

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The child was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Foster faces charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and acting in a manner harmful to a child.

Foster’s 11-year-old son was reportedly scared of the animal, as he had already been bitten in 2019.

“It’s a terrible situation,” said NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper. “Terrible situation for them and certainly for the family which is affected by this tragedy.”

The other two children were not injured.

“Detectives from the 70th District and the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad are fully engaged in the investigation,” Kemper said. “It’s very active right now, pending a search warrant for the apartment, and we are currently working with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office on the charges.”

The apartment and the dog would belong to the children’s grandparents, who are abroad. The parents of the boys are not together and the mother has entrusted them to their father.

The grandparents are the superintendents of the building where the attack took place, and they would have had the dog for safety, as they have been robbed in the past.

The dog has been removed from the house and the investigation of the incident is continuing.

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