Boy, 4, mauled to death by pit bull in NYC

By the Associated Press | May 28, 2011 | 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a pit bull Friday when the dog, which had been feared by neighbors, suddenly attacked him in his Brooklyn home.

Jayelin Graham suffered horrifying wounds to his head, neck and torso in the assault at around 9:15 p.m. in his mother's apartment in the borough's Brownsville section.

Neighbors said they rushed to help after hearing the boy's mother's desperate screaming.

Anthony Brown told the Daily News the animal was a known menace.

"It was a violent dog," he said. "Dangerous. A big dog. The whole block is scared of that dog."

Police removed the animal from the house in a cage after the attack, along with other pets that included a German shepherd. Investigators were questioning the mother, who has three other young children living in the apartment.

The family also owned a rabbit that was recently eaten by one of the dogs, as well as a parrot and a snake, neighbors said.

"People were scared of those dogs," building superintendent Kenny Rishar told the News. "The dogs belong to the husband, who is seldom here. This was a tragedy waiting to happen."