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Charges unlikely after toddler killed by pit bulls

Two pit bulls attacked 14-month-old

TOWN OF WALWORTH, Wis. - The Walworth County Sheriff's Office said a babysitter likely won't face charges after a 14-month-old boy she was watching died after being attacked by two pit bulls Wednesday.

The boy, Daxton Borchard, is being remembered as having big eyes and a bright smile.

The boy was mauled by two pit bulls at his babysitter's Town of Walworth apartment on Wednesday.

Investigators said Susan Iwicki, 30, was watching the toddler when her dogs attacked him.

Sheriff's officials said the young boy was initially transported by ambulance to Mercy-Walworth Medical Center and Hospital and then flown to a Milwaukee-area hospital with critical injuries.

The Walworth County Coroner's Office confirmed that the boy succumbed to his injuries and died at a Milwaukee-area hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Dana Nigbor, of the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, said an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Nigbor said the case remains under investigation but authorities don't anticipate filing any charges against the babysitter.

The two dogs involved were euthanized.


Friends said the boy's father was a popular DJ in the Walworth County area. For the last 10 years he's been working three nights a week at the Reddroom in Elkhorn.

Through their grief, many of his friends are pulling together to help his family. They created the Daxton Borchard Memorial Fund and donations are being accepted at any Associated Bank.

"I just want you guys to know you have a huge support system and we're all here for you," said Sandra Berg, who works with the boy's father.

For many friends, such as Valerie Brylow, the tragedy is bringing them closer to their own family.

"Hold your family close tonight. Life is very short obviously," Brylow said.

Nigbor said there haven't been any reports of problems with Iwicki or her dogs in the past.

Funeral arrangements for Daxton are still pending.

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