An interesting artice
Health official says baby swings may trigger dog attack
By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS -- Rocking your baby to sleep in a machanical swing may trigger a deadly attack on the child by the famil dog, a coroner warns.
At least two such deaths have been documented in MAryland over a four-year period, Dr. Albert Y. Chou of the state's medical examiner's office said Wednesday at a meeting of the American Society of Forensic Sciences.
The back-and-forth motion may activate the dog's instinct ot chase prey, he said.
An Associated Press check of online news archives found at least on more death and at least two non-fatal attacks around the country in the past few years.
In 2000, Sabrina Williamson of Peru, Indiana had gone to the store while her husband napped in another room, about six feet away from 9-week-old Alex. She walked back in and found her husband wrestling their pit bull off the baby. They had had the dog eight years, since Alex's brother was four.
The baby survived but his face was bitten and bloody, and his collarbone was broken and protruding from his shoulder, police said.
Dr. Marianne DiPadua of University Foggia in Italy said she is not convinced that the rocking movements sets off the dog. "It's true movement can trigger and attack," she said. But she noted that dogs have also attacked babies in cribs or beds.
i wonder if it occured to anyone that the constant clicking of the swing could have annoyed the dogs. you should see some of the people i go to school with. they will just about kill you for something like clicking you pen. and knowing that dogs are always hungery, maybe they decide to "kill 2 birds with one stone". he he he.