Eagle attacks on children? They happen but the crowned eagle of Africa is the only bird to believed to have attacked children as prey. A 44-pound, 7-year-old boy was attacked by one but was rescued by a woman with a hoe. The skull of a human child was found in a crowned eagle nest. A four-year-old girl disappeared and during the search, a severed arm thought to be hers was found in a tall tree inaccessible to leopards but known as a crowned eagle cache.