JONESVILLE, Va. (AP/Meredith) — A Virginia sheriff says an 8-day-old baby has died after being mauled by her family's dog.
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons told WJHL-TV that deputies were told a 3-year-old "wolf hybrid" attacked and mauled the girl while she lay in a bassinet.
The sheriff says the infant's upper body and head were primarily injured.
"According to the statements, there was blood in the bassinet where the dog had attacked the child," Parson's said. "There were very serious injuries to the upper body and the head," Parsons said.
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 dog was later euthanized. The sheriff says he's checking with the commonwealth's attorney to see if any charges can be filed.
"I'm concerned about whether that child was protected---so the tough part of it for me is who is in the right and who's in the wrong---you hate to charge parents that are grieving over a child, but at the same time you have to consider the rights of the child," he said.
Identities were not immediately released.
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