Modified: June 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm • Published: June 14, 2013
Ayden Evans, 5, was staying with his aunt in Jessieville, Ark., when a neighbor’s bull mastiff attacked him. Ayden was identified as a Moore tornado survivor in multiple news reports, but was not in Oklahoma during last month’s storms.
MIDWEST CITY — A 5-year-old boy killed in a dog attack in Arkansas was not a survivor of the May 20 tornado in Moore, despite multiple reports to the contrary.
Ayden Evans, 5, was staying with his aunt in Jessieville, Ark., when a neighbor’s bull mastiff attacked him Sunday, according to a Garland County sheriff’s report.
Ayden’s parents were identified as Mica Evans and Greg Moore, both of Midwest City.
In an interview with KLRT-TV in Little Rock, Evans and Moore clarified that the child was not in Oklahoma during last month’s deadly tornadoes but had gone to Arkansas to live with his aunt.
During the interview, Evans said her son loved playing with Ninja Turtles and riding sports bikes. He also liked eating spaghetti.
“He was my baby,” Evans said. “We were close. We were very, very close.”
Ayden would have entered kindergarten in the fall.
He was visiting his aunt’s neighbor, Lynn Geiling, 50, when her dog attacked him, deputy Scott Hinojosa said in a telephone interview.
Hinojosa said the bull mastiff came from another room and attacked the child when Ayden started throwing a temper tantrum. Investigators think the dog may have been trying to protect its owner.
*Because of their guardian instincts they will strive to protect their families and territory and may not welcome strangers. Unfamiliar guests should be introduced carefully. They often will not do well with other pets, even if they are raised with them and cautiously socialized. Interactions with other animals should be strictly monitored for safety. Interactions with unfamiliar animals can be risky and extreme caution and observation should be taken. Bullmastiffs do not get along with other dogs, in particular dogs of the same sex. It is not recommended to try to keep a Bullmastiff with other same-sex dogs of any breed1. They do not belong at dog parks, where they can viciously attack other dogs. Bull Mastiffs are usually good natured, but can become fearless and aggressive if provoked or threatened6.
In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff