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Fullerton girl, 3, severely injured in attack by family's pit bull

September 8, 2009 |  3:02 pm

A 3-year-old Fullerton girl is in the hospital today with severe injuries after her family’s pit bull attacked her in their backyard, police said.

The attack took place just before 7:45 p.m. Monday at the family’s house in the 200 block of Costa Court, when the girl and her mother took food to the dog, which was tied up, said Fullerton Police Sgt. Mike MacDonald.

The mother went back inside the house to wash dishes, leaving her daughter outside with the dog.

Minutes later the girl’s 11-year-old brother, who was watching television inside with his father, heard screams and went out to the backyard to find the dog standing over his younger sister.

The girl’s parents drove her to St. Jude Medical Center. She was later transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana and treated for severe puncture wounds to the face and neck.

Police are investigating the attack as a case of child neglect. The dog was taken by animal control and quarantined.

-- Tony Barboza, in Orange County