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4-year-old Santa Clarita boy severely bitten by pit bull

June 13, 2010 | 10:30 am

A 4-year-old Santa Clarita boy was airlifted to a hospital after being bit in the back of the head by a pit bull, authorities said Sunday.

The boy was playing with other children outside his apartment complex in the 29000 block of Costa Brava on Saturday about 7:30 p.m. when the dog approached and bit him at the base of his skull, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Wright said.

"It was described as severe bites to the rear scalp area," he said. "A three-inch square was affected."

As Los Angeles County firefighters tended to the boy, sheriff's deputies located the pit bull's owner nearby. Wright said the owner was cooperative and turned the dog over to the deputies. The pit bull was later taken in by animal control authorities.

The boy was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital then airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles less than two hours later.

-- Corina Knoll