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Grant County woman attacked, killed by family pit bull

Posted at 1:06 PM, Oct 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-19 15:37:46-04

GRANT COUNTY — A 69-year-old woman died Monday after she was attacked by her family’s pit bull, according to police.

Officers with the Matthews Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded after 2 p.m. to a house in the 300 block of High Street in Matthews where they found Kathleen S. Bertram lying on the floor and bleeding from her neck, a news release said.

Bertram’s daughter told a deputy that her mother was in the living room when she sat down with her 3-year-old granddaughter in an uneven chair and fell to the ground.

The child began crying and the family’s pit bull charged into the living room and attacked Bertram as she laid on the floor, police said.

Medics pronounced Bertram dead at the scene.

Matthews is located north of Muncie, about 75 miles from Indianapolis.