TEMPLE — A 2-year-old Temple girl died Monday after being attacked by a dog, Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

Je’vaeh Mayes died about 1:40 p.m.

She was pronounced dead at Scott & White Hospital by Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey, who ordered an autopsy.

Temple officers responded to a dog bite report at 11:27 a.m. Monday in the 800 block of East Avenue M.

While police were on their way to respond, another officer, conducting an unrelated investigation at the emergency room, called dispatch and said a small child who had reportedly been attacked by a dog was just admitted.

Police officers went to both locations and found both calls stemmed from the same incident, Wilcox said.

Investigators learned a pit bull-type dog was being watched by Je’vaeh’s family and was being kept in the backyard.

Je’vaeh got into the backyard without her parents’ knowledge.

“At some point, the dog attacked the child resulting in very severe, life-threatening injuries,” Wilcox said.

The child was immediately transported to the hospital but died from her injuries.

The dog was picked up by officers from Temple Animal Control Services and is in quarantine.

Wilcox said no serious dog attacks have been documented by the department in the last year or so.

“I’ve talked with several officers at the department. None of us can recall any fatal dog attacks in Temple,” Wilcox said.

The incident is under investigation.

(2) comments

George Fox
George Fox

Another sad loss. The owners of the dog, the childs mother are to blame. The dog who may or may not be a PitBull was with her puppies in their yard. If you have small children then do not let them be with dogs and their puppies unsupervisored. We see what happened. Breeding in Temple without a permit?


So sad that another child has to miss out on a potentially great life because yet another person feels the need to own a dog breed that is KNOWN for being loose cannons and dangerous. Pit bull lovers: Like it or not your animals can't be trusted. Are they the only dangerous breed? No, but they are at the top of the ladder. You don't read reports of a child having their throats torn off by a poodle, or a golden retriever, or a cocker spaniel. But ahh... what's another life lost as long as you can live in denial and own a rough, tough dog.

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