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Despite ID, little is clear in mauling

By Sheila Stogsdill Published: July 30, 2008
TULSA — Authorities Tuesday identified a 2-month-old boy who died after being mauled by a Labrador puppy inside a south Tulsa residence, but offered few other details concerning the attack.

The victim was identified by Tulsa police as Zane Alen Earles. Police declined to release the names of his parents or his grandparents, in whose home the attack occurred.

The dog was taken to an animal shelter after the attack Monday and later was euthanized, Tulsa police spokesman Leland Ashley said.

Ashley said the infant's mother found him dead in an infant swing about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The child's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office, where the cause of death is pending, said Randy Saffell, a spokesman for the office.

Saffell said it may take up to 12 weeks to receive all the test results to determine exactly how the infant died.

Detective Scott Murphy declined Tuesday to give details of the child's injuries, citing the sensitive nature of his death.

The child's father and grandfather left the home, 2904 E 102, at 8 and 8:30 a.m.

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