Boy, 3, mauled to death by pit bull

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
The pit bull apparently suffocated and died.
The pit bull apparently suffocated and died.

A three-year-old boy was killed when a neighbour's pit bull reportedly attacked him, with no one initially even aware of the incident as the child was mute.

Luqmaan Jardien died after the attack in Hanover Park on Monday, the Daily Voice reported.

A relative told the publication that the dog, which stayed with them for protection and who the little boy would play with, was seen biting Luqmaan’s neck after a family member had gone to the toilet and opened the window.

She had called out to a cousin and her father who tried to intervene by picking him up, resulting in the dog turning on them, too, the report said.

READ HERE | 'There is pain in my heart' - father of boy, 3, mauled by pit bulls

After they managed to free the child, the dog followed them and tried to get inside the house. The two had pushed at the door as the dog reportedly tried to get in, and then its head got "caught". The pit bull apparently suffocated and died.

The little boy was declared dead on arrival at the Heideveld Day Hospital.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk on Wednesday confirmed to News24 that an inquest docket was being investigated by Philippi police.

- Compiled by Tammy Petersen

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
13% - 357 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 632 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 1678 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.24
(+0.22)
ZAR/GBP
20.53
(-0.48)
ZAR/EUR
18.53
(-0.09)
ZAR/AUD
11.34
(-0.09)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.30)
Gold
1839.89
(+0.58)
Silver
23.97
(-0.11)
Platinum
1024.00
(+1.84)
Brent Crude
47.96
(+1.75)
Palladium
2398.99
(+0.28)
All Share
58936.40
(+1.12)
Top 40
54168.85
(+1.28)
Financial 15
11361.41
(+0.48)
Industrial 25
79690.10
(+0.79)
Resource 10
56663.19
(+2.15)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo