A 10-month-old girl has died in North Carolina after being attacked by the family’s dogs while her father stepped away, police said.
The fatal attack occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the father went outside to move a sprinkler in the yard of the Willow Spring home, news station WTVD reported.
“The father had left the small child inside the residence unattended for only a couple of minutes, he heard a lot of commotion in the house, went back inside and found the baby unresponsive,” Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Danny Johnson said.
Police said the father called 911, but emergency responders were unable to save the child.
“The sheriff’s office and EMS responded but were unsuccessful on reviving the child,” Johnson said. “It appears the family’s dogs attacked the child and that is the reason for its death.”
The dogs responsible were two Rottweilers and seized by animal control, WTVD reported.
“It’s a bad scene anytime that a young child like that passes,” Johnson said. “It’s very hard on us all.”
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