- A police officer and his 4-year-old daughter are recovering
from a coyote attack that happened Saturday morning in Wilmington, Mass.,
in the family's backyard. NewsCenter 5's David Boeri reported that Louis
Martignetti and his daughter, Tia, both were bitten on their legs by the
animal. The father and daughter have begun a series of shots to prevent
rabies in case the coyote was sick.
- Martignetti, his wife and two children were beginning
spring cleanup when the animal emerged form the woods and made a straight
line for his daughter.
- "He was so focused on my daughter. Finally, I looked
down and he went right for her leg. I got on it right away and started
hitting it with the aluminum shovel, which was not doing too much. I got
him moving around a little bit. He was adjusting his mouth on her, and
I was able to kick him a couple times. I moved him off to the side,"
- Martignetti got his two children into the garage. The
coyote made a second run at the little girl.
- "Then he charged me two or three times trying to
bite me. I was able to fight him off. Then he finally got me on the leg.
When he was in nice and close grabbing on my leg. I had dropped the shovel
to grab my kids to carry them into the house," Martignetti said. "I
had my hands up waving, trying to look as big as I can. I was trying to
yell as loud as I can. I figured with the noise and the size of me he is
going to take off."