Father of boy killed in pit bull attack shares his grief

CREATED Mar. 7, 2013

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DARIEN - A father shares his grief after pit bulls kill his young son. Dax was just over a year old when his baby sitter's dogs suddenly attacked him Wednesday.

His father wrote about his grief on Facebook on Thursday.

The death of 14-month-old Dax raises so many questions. The sheriff department says his babysitter, Susan Iwicki, called 911 Wednesday afternoon in desperate need of help. Iwicki's two pit bulls attacked her and Dax at her home in Walworth.

“You never want to see that happen to no little kid or anybody,” said Chris Brahm. “It's just a horrible thing.”

Dax’s father Jeff wrote on his Facebook page: “Please God take my life and give it Dax…it should've been me."

“It’s just very upsetting,” said Karen Adleman. “I didn't sleep all last night."

Adleman woke up to find the tragic death hits too close to home. The parents live the town of Darien, a population of just over 1600.

“What's going to happen is we will get behind this family one way or the other,” she said.

As the community prepares to support the family many want to know was there something done to make the pit bulls attack.

“Hopefully it's just an accident,” said Brahm.

“I would like to know more information about what led up to it,” Adleman added.

In his Facebook post, the father wrote: "I will do everything in my power to make sure this breed is bred out of existence…these pit bulls were not abused, mistreated or harmed in any way. They are naturally wired to bite down on flesh and not let go."

He goes on to say, "I always thought my little chiuawawa [sic] would be murdered by a pit bull. I never thought it would be our baby boy."

“Any dog can do it, it doesn't matter so I guess will have to figure it out,” Brahm said.

“The owner of the dogs does have some responsibility,” said Adleman. “But on the other hand it's almost like it's an act of God, it's not even her.”

It’s still unclear if the babysitter who owned the dogs will face any criminal charges. The sheriff's department or the DA would not answer any questions. The dogs were put down soon after the attack.