CHICAGO (CBS) — A 5-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog Monday night in the Washington Heights neighborhood.
The boy was attacked around 9:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of South Carpenter Street. Neighbors called 911 after hearing his mother screaming for help.
“I heard the lady come out the house … and the dog had her son’s neck in his mouth, and she said, ‘Oh, my God, can someone please help me?’” neighbor Bianca White said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boy as James Nevils III.
Witnesses said the attack started inside a home, and the boy’s mother was able to drag the dog and her son outside, and began asking neighbors to help her get the dog off her son.
“I saw that it was a dog had mauled a baby at the neck, and like by his shoulder, and was just attacking him, and the mom was trying to get the dog off the baby, and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, please, somebody help,’” White said.