Three year old Omar Martinez died Saturday afternoon after being attacked by a 'pit bull' in the backyard of his family home in Apple Valley, CA. Apparently the boy and his father were outside in the yard with the dog, but when the father went inside the house, the dog attacked the boy -- killing him.
The attack is the first fatality of the year -- but resembles too many from previous years when a young child was left alone with a dog with no supervision.
This story has already run in over 250 media outlets across the country -- and unfortunately, the AP wire story that most are running doesn't include the important bit of information that the boy was left alone with the dog prior to the attack.
More investigation on the attack is going to be done today -- and I'll post more details as they emerge. My sympathies go out to the Martinez family.
This particular zip code in Apple Valley has a poverty level of 18.7% -- which is 50% higher than the national average of 12%. 10% of the residents in this zip code have an income below 50% of the poverty level -- double the state average in California.