By Jane Nambi
A 5-year-old boy was killed after surviving the Oklahoma tornado which killed many, injured others and left many homeless.
The boy, whose name was revealed was killed by the 150 pound dog which attacked him in Arkansas, where he was staying with family friends after his family’s home was destroyed by the tornado.
The dog is said to have attacked him about noon (1 p.m. ET) at a home in Jessieville, about 50 miles west of Little Rock according to Garland County sheriff’s deputies who revealed he was pronounced dead at a hospital on Sunday. The dog was searched for after the incident and its body was found yesterday, Monday afternoon, shot by a friend of the owner. It had ran off after the incident.
The boy, together with his 2-year-old sister were staying in Jessieville as their parents worked to rebuild after the tornado which killed 24 people and injured almost 400 others on May 20 in Moore, near Oklahoma City. “To me, it’s heartbreaking,” Garland County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hinojosa said. “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, said she tried to pull the dog off the boy but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs with severe lacerations to his head and his neck.