Bloomington child killed by dog in family home

Bloomington child killed by dog in family home

BLOOMINGTON — A 4-year-old Bloomington girl died Friday after being attacked by a dog in her own home.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said an autopsy done Saturday on Kara Hartrich revealed she died from massive blood loss and multiple bites to her head, neck and arms.

She was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. Friday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Kimmerling said Bloomington police and firefighters were sent to the home about 5:10 p.m. where they found Kara unresponsive with what appeared to be several dog bites.

She was at home with a younger sibling and a grandparent when she was attacked, Kimmerling said.

Three family dogs, described by the owners as pit bulls, were taken into the custody of the McLean County Animal Control department.

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Joe American wrote on January 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Pit bulls.

Surprise, surprise.

So a little girl loses her life.  And without giving the worn out stock response, "It's all how the owner trains them", which it's not, isn't about time we ban these unstable mongrels once and for all?

TimThor wrote on January 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Okay and what about the oh so revered German Shepards? or Dobermans? hell ANY dog can be dangerous and unstable. Apparently so can be human mentality to think that someone like you has a right to make an opinion about something. With your thinking and logic I bet we'd ban all creatures that are "hostile" right? I mean after all it only seems right... until you realise it goes with how the world works. Just because YOU dont like something doesnt mean everybody doesnt.

Joe American wrote on January 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

That the best you got?


LocalTownie wrote on January 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

Joe, if you are such an expert on the matter lets see some unbiased stats about how many pit bulls attack children versus other breeds. And how many of those attacks occurred because parents didn't properly teach their children how to behave around a dog of any kind. Any dog who is consistently provoked by a child can snap. Eye poking, tail pulling, ear pulling, riding on, hands in the mouth, etc. is all inapropriate behavior around an animal (pit bull or not) yet so many parents allow it. It's no wonder kids get bit all the time. Blame the parents, not the dog.

That being said my heart goes out to the family, as I am sure they are indeed suffering greatly due to the loss of their child and their pets. I hope others may learn from their tragedy.

Joe American wrote on January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

Surelly you can't be that naive, but so happy you asked nonetheless.

"1. Pit Bull - To anyone wo knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dog.  In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of Pit Bulls."

- American Veterinary Medical Association, Sept. 2013


"Together, pit bulls (25) and rottweilers (1), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 81% of the total recorded deaths in 2013"

"Annual data from 2013 shows that 56% (18) of he fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults,25-years and older."

(I highly recommend anyone visit this site. Scroll down the page and it lists an obituary of all the victims with their pictures. Townie, I sure hope that you wish your condolences to each of these families as well.)



Wow, do you have some investigative insight into this case that we're not privy to?  I had NO IDEA from the article that the kids we're mistreating the dogs.  Thank you so much for that important piece of information.







tbonetwood1 wrote on January 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

If you look further into that same study based on population per capita the pit bull out populating the other 3 breeds you mentioned still statistically is less likely to attack than them with that said I will also say that if you take the time to look at the national temperament test preformed including 122 other breeds pits ranked above them at an 82.6 percent if memory serves correctly and that the average is 77 and also by this study you are more likely to be attacked by a golden retriever than a pit. Also putting the dutch hound as the number one most aggressive dog.
The stats you asked for conflicting yours. I'd like to ask you when the black lab attacked the boy in the park did you want to ban labs too or do you strictly attack one breed? As a man who likes to tell people to do their homework... look it up. I'm sure you'll find it.

EdRyan wrote on January 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

Small children and any kind of dog, let alone 3 of them, are a bad combination regardless of the breed.

Joe American wrote on January 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

Share some of those "multiple dog of any breed" statistics with us, please.

thesimpleman wrote on January 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Tisk Tisk

A family has suffured enough. Not only losing the life of their daughter but the animals as well.Instead of bashing the breed of dogs maybe you should take a little time to reflect if this was in your house and how it would effect your family.

Thoughts and prayers to the family


ROB McCOLLEY wrote on January 20, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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From which paragraph did you infer that the family suffered? Because you think so?


Stuff your tisking.


Lance Dixon wrote on January 21, 2014 at 1:01 am

Uh, from the sentence that mentioned a 4 year old being killed. I think one could assume family suffering is involved.

Multiple pit bulls do not belong in a family home. I do have a dog (mixed breed lab) but I hope this message hits home to dog owners with young kids. You must use common sense. What a tragedy. 

Joe American wrote on January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

Don't assume.

If you missed the recent news video of the family that lost a 4 year old in a house fire, and the only regret that one family member had in leaving them home alone was that they lost their EBT card in the flames, I suggest you google it.  No, I'm not doing your homework for you, but it should be readily available as t just went viral last week.

thesimpleman wrote on January 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

To Rob

I guess you and your family would not suffer from the loss of a family member?

So yes Tisk on you again. Prayers for the family. A young child lost her life.I stand corrected you are right no one suffered any pain.

You can tell her family that ok.


Sid Saltfork wrote on January 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

In the new age of internet comments, speculation on whether a family "suffers" from the loss of their four year old child thrives.  At least, it demonstrates the insensitivity of contemporary Americans.  

yates wrote on January 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

I have nothing against any dog but you are rolling the dice when it comes to pit bulls and children. Facts are facts. Pit bulls should never be left alone with children because they are the ones most savagely attacked by them. No wonder many cities have banned their ownership or severly regulate it.