Until today this 2013 dog bite related fatality victim was only known as “Daniel Doe.” With help from some volunteers, this little boy is no longer just another statistic.
Daniel Jackson Teubner was a special needs child, one of five foster children. He was adopted by Raymond and Lillian Teubner. They had an older adopted daughter who was not present when Daniel was mauled at the home of Lara Czerniski. His death by pit bulls occurred in Gilbert, Maricopa County, Arizona on September 22, 2013.
Lara Czerniski, kept her four full sized pit bulls in her home. Three of them were referred to as puppies but they were described by Animal Control as large dogs. Cleo was a 4 year old black pit bull of medium size and the mother of the pit bulls. The Animal Control reported that they include 2 black male pit bulls and one unaltered female pit bull. Lara was able to get Cleo, the mother dog back after the mauling claiming that she did not participate in the killing of Daniel.
Lara had posted a photo of herself and a pit bull on her Facebook page until recently. It is believed that this dog is Cleo. The news reports that the adoptive mother, Lillian was out of town in Flagstaff and had left the children often with Lara. It was inferred that Lara was a “Respite Care Giver” but it is not clear whether she was registered in the state of Arizona. She took care of the Teubner foster and adopted children on a regular basis but usually at the Teubner home. It was reported that Lillian met Lara through a foster or adoption agency a number of years before this attack.
After the mauling of Daniel, Lara immediately retained a lawyer, John Paul Jones, while at the hospital ER and no more information seemed to have been released. When interviewed Lillian was said to have no desire to have Lara prosecuted. The case was dropped and Baby Daniel was forgotten. Lara Czerniski did love her pit bulls though.
An anonymous caller to the police claimed that Czerniski’s dogs had killed livestock. Lara said “I had goats” She claimed that coyotes had attacked and nearly killed one but the pit bulls were more curious than anything. She denied that they killed or even bitten the goat.
“I shot it” Lara said. She denied any history of her dogs attacking.
“They slept in my bed every night”.
The adoptive mother was Lillian Teubner. “I think I like chaos, I think I thrive on it,” she said. “Right now I’m down a few kids, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself. I’m used to just going.” – Lillian Teubner as published in a story by Mark Goldberg on May 22, 2008 (Special for the Republic). Lillian had been fostering and adopting children for some years and was associated with AASK or Aid to Adoption of Special Kids/Arizona. http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2008/05/22/20080522sr-wedchild0521.html
Draw your own conclusions.
Lillian Teubner and the Destiny House: http://www.arizonacorporates.com/corp/310517.html
2-year-old special needs boy killed by trio of pit bulls after dogs start to fight in babysitter’s Arizona home
The toddler was with his siblings at the babysitter’s Gilbert home when the dogs began to fight. The boy somehow got trapped in the middle when they attacked, and the frantic babysitter was seriously injured trying in vain to pull him free.
BY JOE KEMP – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:27 AM
A 2-year-old Arizona boy died after he was mauled by three dogs when they began to fight inside his babysitter’s home, police said.
The special needs toddler, whom family identified only as Daniel, and his four older siblings were being cared for by the 28-year-old sitter when a spat erupted between a pack of pit bull-mixed dogs inside the Gilbert home on Sunday, police said.
The little boy somehow got trapped in the middle of the dogfight when he was attacked, police said. The frantic babysitter, who was not identified, was also bitten in the arms and legs as she tried in vain to pull the boy free.
“He’s barely breathing,” she told a 911 operator, according to a recording of the emergency call aired on NBC News. “The dogs attacked him. … His lips are turning blue.”
Emergency crews arrived moments later and the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he could not be saved.
PD: Child killed, babysitter injured in Gilbert dog attack
Posted: Sep 22, 2013 4:31 PM CDT Updated: Oct 07, 2013 1:41 PM CDT – By Phil Benson
The 28-year-old babysitter was watching five children when the attack happened about 11:30 a.m. at her home in the area of Val Vista and Melrose.
The other children were not harmed. They included two 9-year-old boys and two girls, ages 6 and 7.
The dogs, two female and two male pit bull mixes, were impounded and under rabies quarantine for 10 days, said Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Gable said there was no history of past complaints about the dogs, but there was no history of them being licensed in the county.
She said their investigation would continue before making a decision on the fate of the dogs.
American Pit Bull Terrier
The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group BADRAP recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements (https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399)13. In 2013 and 2014, in the United States, 27 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.
Most APBT puppies get along fantastically with other animals, including dogs. Puppies often love to play with and have companionship with other animals. This often gives owners a false sense of security. As the APBT matures, their relationship with other animals can change drastically. Often dog aggression issues emerge from 1-3 years in age, but some dog’s exhibit aggression as early as 6 months of age. They often will actively seek out other dogs to engage in fighting with and have broken their collars, crashed through windows, and torn through fences to do so, and one recently leaped from an apartment 2nd story balcony, to get to a dog. They can get along with other dogs at times, but things can escalate quickly and they can attack suddenly and for no apparent reason. They often redirect onto humans who try to break up the fight14. Extreme caution should be used with all animal interactions and owners should never be completely comfortable. They can be unpredictable and a dog that plays nicely with dogs for years can suddenly change. Many owners have been shocked to see their beloved pet’s fighting instincts suddenly surface. It is highly recommended that the APBT is separated from other animals in the household when they cannot be supervised15. This is not a breed that is suitable for interactions at off leash dog parks16.
It is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.