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Preliminary autopsy: Dog attack death accidental

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:15 am

More information was released Wednesday on the death of the 2-year-old boy who was killed after being attacked by a large dog Saturday in Killeen.

Preliminary autopsy findings from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas listed the manner of death of Raymane Camari Robinson Jr. as accidental. The cause of death was listed as penetrating and blunt force injuries. 

Raymane was one of two children attacked by a bull mastiff while walking through a Killeen neighborhood near Iduma Elementary School. He died at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. The second child, an 8-year-old girl, was released from Darnall on Monday. Both children were walking with an 18-year-old man when the attack occurred.

The dog was taken into custody by Killeen Animal Control the day of the attack. Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the dog was euthanized earlier this week and was tested for rabies. The tests came back negative, Smith said.

The dog’s owner has not been cited. The investigation into the attack is ongoing, according to the Killeen Police Department.

According to Killeen ordinances, it is unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor a “dangerous animal” within the city limits. The city defines what a “dangerous” animal is in several ways, including a sworn affidavit filed by other residents or a sworn statement filed by an animal control officer.

Kathryn Leisinger, who operates a nonprofit mastiff rescue and dog training school in Harker Heights, said the large breed is known to have a gentle disposition.

“They are very calm, but they can become aggressive or fearful of people,” Leisinger said.

Leisinger said aggression in dogs can be caused by a number of factors, such as fear or even a sense of protectiveness.

Leisinger said owners who see signs of aggression in their dogs should seek a trainer immediately.

“Aggression is never OK,” she said.

Arrangements for Raymane’s funeral are pending with Chisholm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen.

A vigil for Raymane and his family is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Vahrenkamp Drive and Pennington Avenue in Killeen.

Nydia Stewart, a family friend who is helping to organize the vigil, said those interested in attending the vigil should bring their own candles.

An effort to raise funds to help the family with funeral expenses is underway at youcaring.com. The title of the fundraiser is “Let’s help Camari out for his funeral.”

The family is coping with the loss of their only child.

“They are doing the best the can,” Stewart said.

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