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Baby killed, 3 pit bulls taken from home where attack happened

June 15, 2012 |  7:04 am

Animal control officers removed three pit bull terriers from a home where an 8-month-old boy was fatally mauled Thursday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Sheriff's deputies and paramedics from the Lemon Grove Fire Department responded to a call at 4:52 p.m. about a child being attacked by one or more dogs.

Arriving within four minutes, they found a woman holding a seriously injured baby boy, according to the sheriff's department. The child was taken to Rady Children's Hospital and pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m.

Animal control officers later removed the dogs from the home. Lemon Grove has a contract with the animal care facility in Chula Vista to provide animal control services.

The case is being investigated by sheriff's homicide detectives and the U.S. Border Patrol.


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