Friday, January 27, 2017

Illinois: Please say a prayer for Lydia Chaplin's family. She died 12 years ago today after being attacked by dogs.

ILLINOIS -- January 27, 2005 is LYDIA ELAINE CHAPLIN'S Angel Day.

Fourteen-year-old Lydia had done what many teens occasionally do - she had snuck out of her house late that night to meet up with some friends and hang out.

A night of innocent fun never happened as shortly after departing from her front yard, she was attacked by 3 pit bulls and 1 mixed breed dogs which belonged to her neighbor Arthur Dersham.

After nearly mauling her to death, the dogs departed. Likely they abandoned her body after she went unconscious and stopped struggling. The dogs thought she was dead so they left to find something/someone else to attack.

Severely injured Lydia was either unconscious or unable to get up and laid all night outside alone in the freezing cold. Lydia died of hypothermia less than 1/2 a mile from the safety of her home.

"Our beautiful daughter didn't find her way home," her parents said. "She was later located in a cornfield and had died of hypothermia."

Authorities originally thought that Lydia had been struck by a car, but her autopsy told the story of the dog attack.

The grand jury failed to indict the dog's owners.

Lydia was a freshman in high school and a cheerleader; she was also an artist. She loved to smile and laugh, and to make those around her do the same. Lydia was a very unique girl with a wonderful sense of humor, and she was very loved by her family and friends.

Twelve years have passed since Lydia's attack, but she will live forever in the hearts of those who loved her. You have not been forgotten, beautiful angel.


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