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Coroner: Head, neck injuries on toddler attacked by dog

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The dog "Onion" with 1-year-old Jeremiah in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Shahan Family) The dog "Onion" with 1-year-old Jeremiah in an undated photo. (Courtesy: Shahan Family)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

The Clark County Coroner's office said a Henderson toddler who died after being attacked by a family dog sustained blunt force injuries of the head and neck.

The coroner released the official cause of death for 1-year-old Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan on Monday.

The boy was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital late Friday night after the family dog – a 120 lb. Mastiff/Rhodesian mix – got a hold of his head with its mouth. Shahan was pronounced dead early Saturday morning, Henderson police said.

Police said the attack happened during the toddler's first birthday party. The boy apparently was attempting to pet the dog when it happened.

The dog named "Onion" was taken into custody by Henderson Animal Control and placed in an animal shelter.

Authorities said the canine will eventually be euthanized after a 10-day period of observation for rabies.

Jeremiah's family told Henderson police that they owned the dog since he was a puppy and said he has never been aggressive toward people. The dog also did not appear to have any signs or aggression during interactions with the child.

The family said a funeral for Jeremiah is scheduled for Thursday.

A Wells Fargo account has been set up under the Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan Memorial Fund. You can make a donation at any southern Nevada Wells Fargo branch with account No. 7709151398.

FOX5 will have new details on the canine attack on FOX5 News at 5 p.m.

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