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Mother of Boy Attacked Thought Wolf Was Docile

May 15, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ The mother of a 3-year-old boy mauled by her pet wolf said she thought the animal was docile.

″I think it was an accident. The dog freaked out and the baby got caught,″ said Susan Bajinski.

Timothy Bajinski remained in critical but stable condition Sunday in the pediatric intensive care unit at Staten Island Hospital after doctors reattached most of his scalp and ears.

An examination of the wolf’s remains indicated that the animal did not carry rabies, the Health Department said Sunday.

The boy was attacked Saturday afternoon while alone in his mother’s backyard, said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Berry. Police did not know what caused the animal to attack.

Bill Mann, a friend of the child’s mother, beat the animal to death with a bat when he heard the boy screaming and saw the animal ″standing over the kid like he was guarding him.″

Bajinski, a bartender, said she got the part-wolf, part-husky from a friend three weeks ago because her friend’s neighbors complained about its howling.

The boy’s mother was issued a summons for violating health code regulations by keeping a wild animal within city limits.

Sgt. Diane Kubler, a police spokeswoman, said the Bureau of Child Welfare was investigating.

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