Chicago Girl, 2, Dies as Result of Dog Attack (Update)

chicago A Chicago girl, 2, died as a result of her injuries from a dog attack Saturday afternoon at her grandfather’s home. She was transported to Jackson Park Hospital, where she died. An autopsy completed Sunday showed her death was a result of head injuries.

The two-year-old girl, Jah’niyah White, had been left unattended by her grandfather while he was taking care of her at his South Side home in Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is treating Jah’niyah’s death as a homicide due to the grandfather’s neglect but the grandfather thus far has not been charged with any crime. The police, however, are not treating Jah’niyah’s death as a homicide.

Jah’niyah’s father, John White, 21, reportedly said he was told his daughter’s injuries were the result of a fall. He reportedly said Jah’niyah was a bright girl.

“She talked a lot,” White said. “She liked to play. She knew all the ABCs.”

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is currently investigating charges of abuse by the dead girl’s grandfather. DCFS has had no prior contact with the White family.

In October of this year, three pit bulls attacked a 64-year-old woman while walking her dog on the South Side. The three dogs had escaped from their backyard and tried to attack the woman’s dog. In trying to save her dog, the pit bulls attacked the woman. The woman’s pet Chihuahua died.

In November 2012, a firefighter was found dead inside of her home. She had been bitten on the neck by a mastiff she had been taking care of for a family member. The woman had owned two other dogs, a boxer and a pit bull mix.

Update 12/10/2013:  Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control took in two dogs, named “Brownie” and “General Chico,” according to a police report. The family reportedly said both dogs were pit bulls, an adult female and her puppy.

Jah’niyah’s mother, Kashairah Gardner, 20, reportedly said Jah’niyah was not afraid of the dogs. The little girl “was attached to them, and they was attached to her,” Gardner said.

A 50-year-old unidentified man had led the police to the scene of the attack in the bathroom on the third floor of the apartment. Jah’niyah was found on the floor, with a towel around her neck. The man reportedly told police Jah’niyah had been bouncing on the bed when she fell and struck her head on a dresser.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests following certain guidelines to prevent dog attacks in the home. First, avoid getting a dog with a history of aggression, especially if there are children in the home. If adopting a dog, spend time with it before taking it home, and especially spay or neuter dogs before bringing them home.


  • Petting an unfamiliar dog
  • Disturbing a dog while it is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies
  • Leaving a dog alone with a child or children
  • Teasing a dog
  • Playing aggressively with the dog
  • Putting your face close to a dog’s face
  • Eye contact with the dog

If attacked: 

  • Lie still, putting your arms down your sides. Avoid eye contact with the dog.
  • If knocked to the ground by the dog, curl body into a ball with hands over ears and lie still.
  • When the dog becomes bored, slowly back away until out of the dog’s sight.
  • Do not scream or run.

By Juana Poareo


Chicago Tribune 

CBS Chicago

Huffington Post

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

11 Responses to "Chicago Girl, 2, Dies as Result of Dog Attack (Update)"

  1. Helen Salamanca h   July 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

    If your a responsible pit bull owner you’d never leave your pit with a child unsupervised 2. It’s true any other dog breed can bite a Human and its under the radiar but as soon as a pit does something it’s automatically bad media n put down!!! But they never see the good these dogs do! I have been raised around pits and they are the most loving breed of dogs u can have my 2 month old daughter has been around my pit bulls and (Staffordshire bull terrier) my grandparents rotweilers and all those dogs do is lay next to her bouncer go near her so she could pet them and sleep/ next to the door…

  2. Veronica Salgado   January 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Wow people how stupid can u be any dog can bite and kill. Hatred is taught NOT A BREED

  3. Marlena   December 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    When will people learn, no child should be left unsupervised with a dog.

  4. lee77   December 10, 2013 at 3:56 am

    According to other reports, the child was attacked by two pit bulls, a brown female and her grown pup. The little girl was found bleeding in the bathroom and someone at the residence claimed she had been injured when she fell from the bed even though she had obviously been torn apart by dogs. Pit bull owners will do and say anything to protect their “dawgs.” The overwhelming majority of infants and toddlers attacked by dogs are attacked indoors, something that could be prevented if people would simply exercise a little common sense and keep dogs outside where dogs belong. In this case, the owner of the land sharks lived in an apartment and this child’s death could have been prevented if the landlord had “no dogs” policy.

  5. searrah   December 10, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Yall so dam worryed bout the pitbull or whateva dog bite her. Have some respect a little girl died. What kind of humans are yhu honestly. No respect for the dead

  6. Max Gold   December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    The family have confirmed both dogs were pitbulls. Keep up Nutters !!!

  7. Max Gold   December 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    The family has confirmed it was a PITBULL. KEEP UP NUTTERS !!!,0,894271.story

  8. kotawolf   December 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The breed in this attack has not been released by the police. DOGSBITE.COM is a PIT HATE site. As antiBSL said… the has a vendetta against Pits. When you want to look stuff up use more than one website. Dogsbite is one of the worst sites to use for research.

  9. Juana Poareo   December 9, 2013 at 8:11 am


    I did not state the girl’s attack (and death, mind you) was the result of a pit bull attack. There was no information about that. Of course her death isn’t any less important than if she had been killed by a pit bull and I did not imply that at all. Most fatal dog attacks are by pit bulls and rottweilers, however. I fault owners for this as there is severe neglect and abuse of dogs in general, pit bull or not.

    I will check into DogsBite. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  10. antiBSL   December 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Where is my comment? Do you have to “approve” it? Basically I called you a poor journalist and you don’t agree, so my comment won’t see the light of day.

  11. antiBSL   December 9, 2013 at 7:12 am

    What breed or mix killed this little girl?? Your “reporting” is leading people to believe it was a Pit Bull. However if it was I am certain that the head line would have been sure to include that. The article talks very little about the girls death, but is certain to mention other attacks are usually perpetrated by pit bulls. Basically what you are saying is this baby’s death is LESS important IF it wasn’t by a Pit Bull. Also, FYI DOGSBITE is NOT a public education data base, it is ran by one woman, Colleen Lynn who has a vendetta against Pit Bulls. This is irresponsible journalism, you shame your profession. Do some REAL research.


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