Deriah SolemSAINT CHARLES, MO – Derek Solem, 32, and Sharon Williams, 29, have been charged with two felonies after the family pit bull mix attacked and killed 22-month-old Deriah Solem last year.

The couple left their daughter and her two older brothers in the care of the child’s grandmother, who also lived at the home. Police said the grandmother had just finished feeding the girl and placed her on the floor in a potty chair right before the family’s 80-pound Staffordshire Terrier attacked her.

The dog bit bit the girl in the neck, face, back and stomach. The grandmother lost the tips of two fingers on each hand when she tried to pry the dog’s mouth off the Deriah. The dog did not stop attacking Deriah until a neighbor repeatedly stabbed it with a steak knife

Deriah was rushed to the hospital where she would die from her injuries two days later. The 10-year-old dog survived the initial stabbing, but was later euthanized.

Police originally said that no charges would be filed against the couple, but after an investigation by the prosecutor’s office was completed, the couple were indicted after the case was taken to the county’s grand jury. According to the indictment, the attack was just waiting to happen.

Seems as if the dog had been demonstrating behavior that anyone with a functioning brain cell would have seen as bad news. Aside from biting one of the other children in the ear previously, the dog constantly whined when Solem played with Deriah, urinated on the baby’s laundry, and regularly destroyed Deriah’s belongings.

Both Solem and Williams have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and owning a dog that bites a person, resulting in death. The couple were released from jail after posting $25,000 bond.

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