A 7-year-old boy from College Springs, Iowa, was mauled to death on Thursday by two of his family’s dogs while playing in the yard.
Malaki Mildward’s body was discovered by a relative and paramedics were called to the scene, who administered CPR to the boy as he was not breathing. Malaki was taken to Clarinda Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m., 50 minutes after the attack.
The Daily Mail reports that both dogs stood by calmly while paramedics tried to save Malaki.
The dogs were mixed breeds — with some bulldog heritage — and had been owned by the family since they were puppies. Neither dog would be considered a pit bull and neither had ever shown vicious behavior, according to Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer.
“Those puppies today … they showed no aggressiveness,” Palmer told Omaha.com, after visiting the dogs at the pound. “When I went in this morning, they were still wagging their tails.”
There were no witnesses to the attack.
Negligence is not suspected of Malaki’s parents and charges will likely not be filed.
“We don’t suspect any negligence or neglect on the parents’ part,” Palmer said. “We have no idea what transpired … I don’t know if we’ll ever know.
“This is a child who has probably played with the puppies since they were born.”
Both dogs were euthanized on Friday morning, as well as a third dog owned by the family that was not involved in the attack.
“They are in shock,” Palmer said of Malaki's family. “They want to make sure this never happens again.”
Malaki lived with his older sister, his mother, Amber Braymen, Jeremiah Hicks, and Hicks’ son at the home.
On Friday, Malaki’s father, Xavier Mildward, shared a picture on Facebook with the caption: “I love you so much my baby boy.”