Death of 7-month-old ruled an accident

Coroner rules baby killed by dog 'an accident'

Johnathan Quarles Jr. died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner's preliminary findings from the autopsy.

The final coroner's report on the 7-month-old boy, who lived in Indianapolis, won't be completed for up to eight weeks.

The infant was under the care of his stepgrandmother when the dog attacked him inside a home in the 2200 block of Riverside Drive around 12:24 p.m.

Police are investigating what they initially characterized as a pit bull attack. It remains unclear why the dog attacked the infant.

Records at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center show an American Staffordshire Terrier, which resembles a pit bull, is registered at the address.

In June, the Dayton Daily News investigated how vicious dog complaints are handled in Montgomery County. Read the full report here »

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