6-week-old boy dead after family dog attacked him in crib, Tennessee family says

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Infant dead after family dog attacked him in crib: Tennessee family
6-week-old Ezra Mansoor is dead after the family dog attacked him as he slept in his crib in Knoxville, Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A 6-week-old baby died in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday after the family dog attacked the newborn while he was asleep in his crib.

The child, Ezra, made Chloe and Mark Mansoor first-time parents.

"Being his mom was the biggest honor and the best thing I've ever done," Chloe said.

It is what they've always wanted. They loved and cared for their son every day. With two dogs with no history of aggression in the house, they never imagined there would be a fear for their child's safety.

Being his mom was the biggest honor and the best thing I've ever done
Chloe Mansoor

While Ezra was taking a nap in his crib, the family's Husky that they owned for eight years attacked out of nowhere.

"And to just bring awareness that it could be any dog at any time. Completely unprovoked, no matter what the history is," Chloe said.

In the midst of tragedy, this family hopes others can take a closer look at how to keep their children safe as they now think back to every precious moment they had with their son.

"Really don't take anything for granted, even if it's a moment, you're annoyed in the moment or frustrated in. All of those little moments are still so amazing," Chloe said.

This family decided to help other families through organ donation. As they process this tragedy, they say working to save the lives of others has given them much needed peace in a time of grieving.

"Pray for all the family, really. Everyone loved him so much. I know everyone's grieving right now. We're grieving right now, and it's going to be a lifelong process trying to work through this," Chloe said.

The family dog responsible for the attack was taken to a local animal center.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office, per standard protocol, is investigating this case.

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