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Months after family dog attack, parents charged in infant's death

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Derek Solem and Sharon Williams were charged after a 22-month-old St. Charles was killed by their family dog in August. By Daniel Fredman Derek Solem and Sharon Williams were charged after a 22-month-old St. Charles was killed by their family dog in August. By Daniel Fredman

 ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Felony child endangerment charges were filed against the parents of a 22-month-old girl who died from a family dog attack in August.

Derek Solem and the girl's mother, Sharon Williams, were recently charged in the baby's death.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said "this was not simply a tragic accident; it was poor decision making by parents that led to the tragic death of a baby.”

Police said at the time that the child’s grandmother was babysitting the girl and her two older brothers when the family’s 10-year-old, 80 pound, pit bull-type dog got loose from a back room of the home and attacked the child. The grandmother was also attacked when she attempted to help the child.

According to the St. Charles Sheriff Department, the girl’s two older brothers were sent out the house by the grandmother. The boys returned with a neighbor who stabbed the dog several times with a steak knife to free the child.

Authorities said the girl was bitten on her neck, back, stomach, face and suffered extensive blood loss. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. 

The grandmother lost parts of two fingers on both hands in the attack, according to police.

The dog survived the stab wounds, but per the family’s request, authorities said the dog was euthanized following the attack. 

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