Emeil Hawkins, 3, was walking home with his mom and a pack of fruit snacks last month when an animal pushed him over and bit the toddler’s face.
The boy’s family believes a coyote is responsible. County
officials say they aren’t sure what bit the boy, but they’ve captured and
euthanized four coyotes — all of which tested negative for rabies — around a
park near the child’s West Side home since receiving the report.
While heading home the toddler and his mother were cutting through an alley, the
toddler skipping just in front of his mother while snacking away. An animal then
appeared near the boy that at first glance looked like a German
shepherd. Emeil approached the animal
and was going to give it a fruit snack, just like he offers treats to the pit
bulls that live at his house.
But before Emeil could reach out, the
animal had pushed the toddler over. His mother, who was
following just a few steps behind, ran up to the animal and scared it off, but
not before it took a bite out of the boy’s cheek. Kyle said his girlfriend
picked rushed her son to a hospital. No one except Emeil and his mother saw the