Dog fatally mauls 8-day-old baby in Virginia, dog put down

(MGN Online)

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said that the dog has been pu down after the owner signed a waiver that allowed for the dog to be euthanized.

County social services are continuing their investigation into the dog attack.

The sheriff said his office is still determining whether charges will be filed against the parents.


JONESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff says an 8-day-old baby has died after being mauled by a dog.

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons tells the Kingsport Times-News that deputies were told a “large shepherd-type” attacked and mauled the girl while she lay in a bassinet. The sheriff says the infant’s upper body and head were primarily injured.

He says his department was responding to a call about the mauling Wednesday morning, but the baby was already on the way to a hospital when deputies arrived.

She died that afternoon. The sheriff says social services are checking on the two other children in the home.

The family’s dog is with Lee County Animal Control.

The sheriff says he’s checking with the commonwealth’s attorney to see if any charges can be filed. Identities were not immediately released.

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