A 44-year-old Chicago man is dead after two pit bulls mauled him to death in his South Side home, WLS-TV Chicago reports.
Charles Hagerman‘s (pictured) death was ruled an accident by the medical examiner. He was found dead on Wednesday night after suffering fatal bites to his body. One of the dogs was reportedly found gnawing on the man’s neck when his body was discovered.
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The dogs belong to his girlfriend’s son. WLS-TV has more on this tragic story:
“I can’t see my baby. My baby’s ate up. I can’t see him. Okay, I’ve got to have a closed casket,” said Salithia Maybell, mother.
“They were vicious dogs. They lived right up there. They killed a dog right there,” Maybell continued. “They’ve attacked before.”
Hagerman’s relatives say he was scared of the pit bulls — one of them an adult, the other a puppy — which, according to Hagerman’s relatives, were kept in a cage.
“He said he don’t mess with the big dog because he’s too vicious. He bite people that he ain’t know,” said Zarquil Boston, niece.
Hagerman’s relatives say he had a history of seizures and that he may have suffered one, alarming one of the dogs.
“First reaction of a dog is to jump on defense, and that’s what happened. But nevertheless, they mauled him to death,” said Leonard Thompson, neighbor.
“I want to see them put to sleep,” said Maybell.
Unfortunately for Maybell, her son’s death marked the second time she has been to the morgue this week. Several days ago, one of her grandsons died in a gun-related incident.