Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Killed by Dog: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Bull Mastiff, Bull Mastiff Kills Boy

A Bull Mastiff, like the one pictured above, killed a 5-year-old boy in Arkansas on Sunday.

A 5-year-old boy who survived the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado was killed after a dog attacked him. Here’s what you need to know.

1. The Boy Was Killed by a Bull Mastiff

The boy, whose name has not been released, was killed on Sunday after a 150-pound Bull Mastiff dog attacked him, reports CBS News 6:

“The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset,” Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa told KARK TV. “The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked.”

The dog’s owner, Lynn Geiling, 50, tried to pry the dog off the boy, but it was too late. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs where he was treated for severe laceration to his head and neck. The boy did not survive.

2. He Was a Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado Survivor

Moore Oklahoma, Moore, Moore Tornado

This photo shows the damage done by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

A massive tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, last month, destroying everything in its path and killing 24 people. The boy’s family was working toward rebuilding their home after the tornado ripped their house apart.

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3. The Boy Was Staying With Family Friends in Arkansas

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The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying with family friends in Jessieville, Arkansas, while their parents worked to rebuild their house.

“To me, it’s heartbreaking,” Hinojosa said. “I’ve got a 5-year-old daughter. You can’t imagine what this family and friends are going through right now.”

4. The Dog Was Shot Dead

After attacking the boy, the dog ran off and authorities searched for it on Sunday and Monday. The dog was found by a friend of the owner and was shot and killed.

5. Charges Have Not Been Filed

5-year-old Moore tornado survivor killed by dogA 5-year-old boy was killed when a 150-pound dog attacked him in Arkansas, where he was staying with family friends after his family's home was destroyed by a tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., last month, authorities said. The boy, whose name hasn't been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday after the dog attacked him about noon (1 p.m. ET) at a home in Jessieville, about 50 miles west of Little Rock, Garland County sheriff's deputies said. The dog ran off, and county animal control officers searched for it Sunday and Monday. The dog's body was found Monday afternoon after a friend of its owner shot it dead, authorities said. The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying in Jessieville while their parents worked to rebuild after a powerful tornado killed 24 people and injured almost 400 others May 20 in Moore, near Oklahoma City. Advertise | AdChoices "To me, it's heartbreaking," Garland County sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa told NBC station KARK-TV of Little Rock. "I've got a 5-year-old daughter. You can't imagine what this family and friends are going through right now." Authorities said the boy was upset and crying, which the dog, a Bullmastiff, possibly interpreted as an aggressive act. The dog's owner, Lynn Geiling, 50, a friend of the children's parents, told investigators she tried to pull the dog off the boy but got there too late. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs with severe lacerations to his head and his neck. Hinojosa said Monday that no decision had been reached on whether Geiling and her husband would face charges. The Bullmastiff isn't the same breed as the notorious pit bull terrier, which has often been bred to be an aggressive fighting dog. But it is bred to serve as a watchdog and to protect the home. The American Bullmastiff Association says the breed needs no special training to "react appropriately if his family is threatened." "Never leave a child unattended with your Bullmastiff," the association warns on its website. "They are pack animals and will find their natural place in the pack if left to natural processes. That place may be at the top of the pecking order instead of below younger family members if left unchecked." Credit: M. Alex Johnson2013-06-11T07:21:28.000Z
Authorities said that a decision has not been reached on whether or not charges will be filed against Geiling and her husband.