A family is mourning after vicious dog attack killed a one year old boy in his grandfather's yard.  Caldwell  Animal Control seized the Rottweiler  and brought it to the shelter. Two brothers were at their grandfather's home as their mom was out looking for a job, leaving Ervin Patterson looking after   Nyhiem Wilfong and his brother.  The child died here behind his homeHe said his one hundred pound Rottweiler nicknamed, Kobe, tied up with a chain, attacked the boy when he got too close, then he heard his five year old grandson’s screams for help.   Ervin Patterson said, "He said papa the dog is on the baby, so I jumped up off the bed and ran up there to get him.  I called 911 and tried to do CPR but I couldn't do nothing else for him."
Family members say they rushed the boy into the bathroom after calling 9-1-1.   Animal control officers say the toddler had serious injuries to both his head and chest.  Shirley Patterson, the child’s Grandmother said, "They went to the swing set and I just assumed that's where they were at because I was washing dishes."  The boy's great grandmother says the last time anyone saw the brothers was near a swing set not near the Rottweiler. Animal control officers say the dog was still on its chain when they showed up. Greg Greene, of Caldwell County Animal Control, said "It could have been a territorial thing.   Unfortunately and I know his sounds crazy the dog could have been playing with the child."
The Rottweiler was placed in a locked dog run at Animal Control where it was quarantined.   Patterson says he had only gotten the dog a few weeks ago and isn't sure what should happen to it now.




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