A newborn baby that was only two-weeks old was mauled by a family dog on Saturday as his mother watched the incident play out in horror.
The dog, believed to be a Labrador mix, was locked in another room away from the child but was able to make its way out of a set of French doors. Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County sheriff spokesman, said that after the dog made its way out, it found the baby sitting in an infant carrier. Gilliland said that the dog then proceeded to sniff the boy before it attacked him.
The mother of the child was watching outside through a window and she, along with other family members, raced inside to pull the baby away from the dog.
The child was then airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital around 8:15PM, where he died five hours later in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The undisclosed family had just moved into the northwest Harris County home in the Houston, Texas area. Kevin Patcha, a neighbor, said that they were renting the house. “It’s terrible and unexpected,” Patcha told The Houston Chronicle. “I can’t think of anything that would have led to this incident.”
The dog is being held in a kennel after being taken into the custody of animal control. The dog’s fate will be determined after 10 days of quarantine, according to reports.