Grandfather of boy mauled to death by dog: ‘I just don’t have the words’

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CHICAGO --  The grandfather of a boy who was mauled to death by a dog on the South Side overnight said he was heartbroken over the stunning loss, and now, the family is seeking justice.

The 5-year-old boy was killed at about 9:30 p.m. Monday near 89th and Carpenter in the Brainerd neighborhood, where he was visiting.

"I just don't have the words for losing my grandson," said James Nevils, grandfather of James W. Nevils III.

Witnesses at the scene said the dog grabbed Nevils III by the neck and attacked, as his mother screamed for help.

Residents say the dog was a pitbull, which belonged to the boy's adult cousin. The owner was not home when the dog went after the boy.

Neighbors attacked and killed the dog to get it to release the child. Two teenaged brothers armed themselves with a brick and metal pole.

"We got a brick from over there by the tracks and started hitting the dog with the brick," said Marquis Lewis. "Then my brother grabbed the pole and started hitting the dog with the pole and the dog died."

The brothers are saddened their efforts were not enough to save the boy.  He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the incident is under investigation.  There are two investigations underway: One is on the police side to see if charges should be filed against the dog's owner. The other is with DCFS to see if there was anything neglectful that caused the horrible accident.

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