A ten-month-old girl in North Carolina reportedly died after the family’s dogs attacked her while her father briefly resigned.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office identified the baby as Malia Scott Winberry.
MPs answered a call at 8 p.m. Tuesday after the infant’s father, Scott Winberry, stepped away for a few minutes and reportedly returned to find the two family dogs that attacked his daughter.
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Scott, himself a law enforcement officer, was trying to resuscitate his daughter when deputies arrived, The News & Observer reported.
“The father had only left the young child unattended in the residence for a few minutes,” said Danny Johnson, Patrol Capt. of the Johnston County Sheriff, told reporters. “He heard a lot of commotion in the house, went back inside and found the baby unresponsive.”
MPs tried to resuscitate the girl, then rescue workers tried, but they did not succeed in resuscitating the girl.
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She was pronounced dead at the scene, WTVD reported.
Authorities did not know whether the girl’s mother, Bianca Patel, who works as a paramedic for Johnston County, was home or not at the time.
The dogs were identified as Rottweilers, both male and female. A neighbor told reporters that the dogs usually protected the child.
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The animal control has taken possession of the animals. The family must decide whether to bring the dogs back or to euthanize them.
Authorities say they were not aware of any previous problems with the dogs, but Director Chad Massengill confirmed that the county has classified the dogs as dangerous.
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“It’s very festive here this morning,” Massengill told WRAL. “It’s very difficult to deal with.”