Dog may have bit, killed baby in Youngstown

The baby’s mother, 21-year-old Kristy Grim, told police that she believed the dog bit her newborn son.

Three day old baby dies after being injured by dog in Youngstown, Ohio.
A photo of newborn Aiden, provided by mother Kristy Grim.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kristy Grim said she brought her newborn son Aiden home for the first time Saturday evening and had been sleeping on her couch to be close to him when she believes her son was bitten on the head by one of her dogs.

The baby was lying in a small laundry basket that was being used as a make-shift crib.

“The baby was here in the basket, and I woke up, and it was horrifying,” Grim said. “He was… His head was just covered in blood.”

Grim lives in a house on Valorie Drive on the south side of Youngstown with her mother, brother and five dogs. By the time police and paramedics arrived, the baby — just three days old — was dead.

“It was just unfortunate. It was a very unfortunate incident, and it was tough for everybody to see,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Doug Bobovnyik.

Youngstown Police are investigating Aiden’s death, as is the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office. Police said they have to wait for a coroner’s report before they can officially declare the baby’s cause of death and decide whether to file charges. As of Monday, Grim has not been charged.

Grim says she is now being blamed and threatened on social media for her son’s death.

“Everybody’s trying to get me arrested for what’s happened,” she said. “I never neglected my child. I took care of him. I held him all the time and everything.”

The Grims say the dog that bit Aiden was a mixed breed and wasn’t vicious. The Mahoning County Dog Warden took the dog into custody, where it will stay for at least 10 days.

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