NORWICH, CT (WFSB) – A 1-month-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Norwich on Monday night.
Police said around 8:30 p.m. officers responded to a home on McKinley Avenue for the report of a dog attack.
When officers arrived, they discovered that the infant had been attacked by the family’s dog. They said they tried to save the baby, but the child succumbed to the injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The baby, Carter Settles, was being held at the time when the dog jumped and starting biting him.
The dog was described as a pit bull mix.
The baby's mom and paternal grandmother were at the home at the time of the attack.
Police told Channel 3 that the family is heartbroken. They have been providing support and counseling to both the family and the officers who responded to the scene.
"They are dealing with something was ripped away from them. As you can imagine any person in that type of environment would be grieving. And confused about the whole thing," said Norwich Lt. John Perry.
In an update late Tuesday morning, officials said the father of the baby, 32-year-old Timothy Settles, has been named a person of interest in a New London fire that happened very early Tuesday morning.
He was not home at the time of the dog attack.
The Norwich Police Department said it is investigating the attack and the investigation is ongoing.
The dog was taken by animal control and was put under quarantine.
Anyone with information is being asked to call police.