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Family Pit Bull Kills Toddler Beau Rutledge While Mother is in Bathroom

The horrific killing of her two-year-old boy by the family's trusted Pit Bull on Wednesday, caused the toddler's mother to become so distraught that police ordered her taken by ambulance to a hospital because of “suicidal thoughts,” reports heavy.com.

Angela Rutledge, 32, was at home with her son, Beau, and the family's eight-year-old Pit Bull, "who had never shown any aggression before," according to USA Today. The family lived in a townhouse on Sierra Road in College Park, in south Fulton County, Georgia.

She left the baby alone with the dog for just a few minutes while she used the bathroom around 1:00 p.m. She came out to discover that her little boy had been mauled to death by the Pit Bull, 11Alive.com reports. The police report states that the toddler’s body was surrounded by blood and he was declared dead at the scene.

One neighbor told reporters he saw the couple walk the dog almost every evening and never would have expected anything like this to happen.

Joseph Messam, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he heard the screams of the child’s mother, who ran outside of the home and collapsed on the ground. ‘The dog killed the baby! The dog killed the baby.’ That’s what I heard her say,” Messam said. The little boy was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office as Beau Rutledge.

According to Detective Melissa Parker with Fulton County police, “She advised it happened fast. It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”

When the boy's father, Jeremiah, 35, returned home, he became impossible for the police to handle and was "hysterical," heavy.com states. According to the police report, a Taser was used to subdue him.

The Pit Bull was confined in the bathroom until about 3:00 p.m., when animal control employees removed the dog from the home and transported it to the animal shelter for observation and evaluation. Fulton County Animal Control Director Oliver Delk said the dog’s fate was not immediately known.

Both parents were taken to the hospital because police were too concerned about their extreme emotional distress to leave them behind.

Sources: USA Today, Heavy, NY Daily News

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