Authorities in Florida say a newborn girl is dead after the family pet attacked her while she was in her crib last week.
According to the Citrus County Chronicle, a family in Dunnellon reported the pit bull attack early on the morning of Nov. 11.
A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson reported that investigators have initially ruled the death an accident and are not expected to file criminal charges.
Lindsay Blair said a medical examiner’s report is forthcoming and would reveal an official cause of death.
Emergency crews arrived at the residence on West Ranchetta Street at about 12:30 a.m. in response to a 911 call.
As a police report explained, a female family member reported the girl was in her crib when the attack occurred as the rest of the family was in a different part of the house.
The pit bull reportedly entered the room, jumped onto a bed near the bassinet, and began attacking the baby.
Fox News cited a police report that revealed the girl’s grandfather “entered the bedroom and recognized the trauma to the infant, at which time he retrieved the infant from the bassinet, placed the infant on the floor and started CPR.”
Responding deputies observed a relative attempting to revive the 5-day-old girl. Shortly thereafter, authorities began performing CPR, reporting that the seriously injured baby was still responsive at that time.
Law enforcement was aided at the scene by paramedics and firefighters from nearby agencies including Citrus County Fire Rescue
and the Nature Coast EMS.
The victim was then airlifted from the scene to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers, where she was pronounced dead at about 1:40 a.m.
Citrus County Animal Shelter staff took the animal and euthanized it, according to authorities.
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