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10-Month-Old North Carolina Girl Dies after Being Attacked by Her Family's 2 Dogs

Joe Akins
May 27, 2021
04:50 P.M.

10 months after a North Carolina family welcomed a baby girl, they lost her to two of their most loyal companions. The Johnston County Sheriff’s office released a report of the fatal dog attack.

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A baby turned up dead in Johnston County minutes after her father left her alone with their two family dogs in their North Carolina Home. Investigators gathered that the toddler was attacked by the two canines.

Captain Danny Johnson of the Johnston County Sheriff’s office confirmed the incident. He revealed that sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at about 8 p.m., reporting an unresponsive baby.

Black and Tan Rottweiler Dog | Photo: Pexels

Black and Tan Rottweiler Dog | Photo: Pexels

Upon their arrival at the home in Willow Spring, they found the 10-month-old girl unconscious. Attempts by the officers to administer CPR on her proved abortive.

Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after and attempted life-saving measures to revive the little girl. Their attempts also failed. They pronounced the baby dead at the scene. Addressing the situation, Capt. Johnson said:

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“It’s a bad scene anytime that a young child like that passes. It’s very hard on us all.”

Investigators determined that the baby’s father, who was a law enforcement officer, had the baby in his care. He left her briefly and stepped out of the home to move a sprinkler in the yard.

While at it, he heard a commotion and quickly rushed back inside to find out what had happened. But it was too late, as the dogs had already attacked her.

She was mauled by the family's dog and rushed to the Cook Children's Medical center, where she later died

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The JCSO confirmed that the dogs, both rottweilers, were seized by animal control. The family claimed to have experienced no prior issues of violence with the dogs, making the fatal occurrence more difficult to take in.

Earlier this month, another incident of a fatal dog attack of a baby happened in Norwich. Authorities reported that a one-month-old boy passed away from injuries sustained after the family's dog attacked him.

According to the reports, the male pit bull mix attacked the infant in the presence of two adult family members. One of them was holding the child when the canine sprang up and bit him.

American Pitbull dog running on water | Photo: Pexels

American Pitbull dog running on water | Photo: Pexels

Investigators do not suspect any criminal activity to be involved in the child's death. The Norwich Police extended words of consolation to the victim's family, who underwent grief counseling following the attack.

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A similar incident happened in Texas, leading to the death of a four-year-old girl, Elayah Brown. Officers said she was mauled by the family's dog and rushed to the Cook Children's Medical center, where she later died.

The dog attacked Brown at her Fort Worth home, dealing with her severe injuries. Fort Worth Animal Care and Control took the canine into custody, and euthanized it a day later, following Brown's death.

Given the prevalence of such incidents, parents and guardians should endeavor to never leave an infant unattended with household pets or other animals, as they could be potential threats to the child's life.

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