A 14-month-old toddler named Dax was spending Wednesday afternoon at the home of a babysitter, Susan Iwicki, in Walworth County, southeastern Wisconsin, when her two Pit Bulls suddenly attacked and fatally mauled him, according to WISN12 News
The Sheriff’s Department received a frantic 911 call around 12:45 p.m. from Susan Iwicki, 30, stating that she and the little boy were being attacked by her two Pit Bulls at the home on North Lakeshore Drive in Walworth Township and she could not stop them. Deputies and rescue personnel rushed to the scene, but it was too late to save Dax .
The badly mauled boy was transported first to Mercy Walworth Medical Center, then flown by the Flight For Life helicopter to Children's Hospital with critical injuries. He died there at 3:32 p.m., according to a news release by the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.
An adult woman, identified in the release as Susan Iwicki, 30, also was injured in the attack, according to the release.
Family friends said that Dax was a “beautiful little boy with loving parents…who deserved better.” According to a WTMJ News report, the dogs just "lost control.”
Local resident Nicole Jennison, told WTMJ she used to babysit Dax and said, “He is adorable, absolutely adorable.”
"[He had the] biggest eyes, great smile,” said family friend Valerie Brylow. “He was a great little boy. A sweet soul--taken far too soon.
"Hold your family close tonight,” Brylow added. “Life is very short obviously."
Another friend, Sandra Berg said she works with Dax's father. She fought back tears and said it is hard to find words to say how much she cares about the family, “I just want you guys to know you have a huge support system and we're all here for you," she stated.
According to reporters, the Pit Bulls' owner would not comment about what happened.
The Pit Bulls were removed by Sheriff’s deputies, according to WISN12 News and were euthanized. The investigation into the case is still open.