Brooklyn dad whose Rottweiler mauled his son to death is led away by cops


Brooklyn dad whose Rottweiler mauled his 19 month-old son to death is led away from police station after being charged with manslaughter as dog is taken away in a crate

  • Vernon Foster 30, charged with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter, as well as acting in a manner injurious to a child
  • The attack on the 19-month-old named Ryan occurred around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in Flatbush
  • The toddler was being watched by his older siblings ages 11 and nine years old
  • He was left with bite marks on his neck and shoulder, and died later in hospital 


The father of the 19-month-old boy who was mauled by the family dog has been photographed on his perp walk after being charged with criminally-negligent homicide. 

Vernon Foster, 30, was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.  

Foster was pictured cuffed and masked as he was led out of a police precinct in Brooklyn on Wednesday night and put into a waiting cop car to be taken to jail. 

He did not answer reporters questions as he was put into the back of the car during a heavy thunderstorm.  

The dad left his three small children – aged 11, nine, and 19-months – home alone with the Rottweiler named Buster, who has a history of aggression. Buster is said to have bitten one of the other children on a previous occasion. 

Youngest child Ryan Francis Foster was brutally and fatally attacked by the family pet while unattended. 

Vernon Foster, 30, was charged with criminal negligent homicide after leaving three sons with aggressive Rottweiler because he had to go to work  

The dog attacked his 19-month-old son Ryan, fatally injuring the boy, who was pronounced at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn

The dog attacked his 19-month-old son Ryan, fatally injuring the boy, who was pronounced at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn 

The dog Buster alleged attacked one of Foster's other children in 2019 and has a history of aggressive behavior

The dog Buster alleged attacked one of Foster’s other children in 2019 and has a history of aggressive behavior 

The two older boys ran outside for help after the dog attacked their brother. The dog was later taken away by Animal Care and Control

The two older boys ran outside for help after the dog attacked their brother. The dog was later taken away by Animal Care and Control

He was shown leaving the 70th precinct in Brooklyn after being charged. 

The toddler was being watched by his older siblings while their parents were out, according to the NYPD.  

Sources told the New York Daily News that the child’s father had left the boy with his two older brothers – aged 11 and nine – in the family’s ground floor apartment at E. 17th St. at Cortelyou Road when he went to work.

A toddler was mauled to death by his family's Rottweiler in their New York City home last night

A toddler was mauled to death by his family’s Rottweiler in their New York City home last night

The attack on the 19-month-old happened around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the family's Flatbush home in Brooklyn

The attack on the 19-month-old happened around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the family’s Flatbush home in Brooklyn

A toddler has been mauled to death by his family's Rottweiler in their New York City home last night. He had reportedly been left by his father with his two brothers - aged 11 and 9 - in the family's ground floor apartment at E. 17th St. at Cortelyou Road (pictured)

A toddler has been mauled to death by his family’s Rottweiler in their New York City home last night. He had reportedly been left by his father with his two brothers – aged 11 and 9 – in the family’s ground floor apartment at E. 17th St. at Cortelyou Road (pictured)

When the dog attacked the toddler, his terrified siblings are said to have run out into the street to flag a passerby down to help. The person pulled the injured baby out of the apartment, the news outlet reported. 

Police officers responding to the scene found the baby ‘bleeding heavily’ from bite wounds to his neck and shoulder, according to officials.

The baby died at Maimonides Hospital – a roughly 15-minute drive away – and the dog was taken away by Animal Care and Control, officials said.

It is unclear if Buster has been destroyed.  

When the dog attacked the toddler, his terrified sibling are said to have run out into the street to flag a passerby down to help. The person pulled the injured baby out of the apartment, the news outlet reported. Pictured: File photo of a Rottweiler

When the dog attacked the toddler, his terrified sibling are said to have run out into the street to flag a passerby down to help. The person pulled the injured baby out of the apartment, the news outlet reported. Pictured: File photo of a Rottweiler

Sources said the 11-year-old boy told the police the dog had previously attacked him as well. 

Upon their return to the family home, the parents were being interrogated by detectives who were working to determine whether anyone broke the law.  

‘It’s a terrible situation,’ NYPD Assistant Chief Michael Kemper said. ‘Terrible situation for them and certainly for the family that is affected by this tragedy,’ told ABC7 News.

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