Pit Bull Attack Kills 8-Month-Old Boy

Updated at 11:30 p.m. June 14.

Deputies responding to a call of a child bitten by a dog found a woman holding the fatally injured 8-month-old boy in her arms Thursday afternoon in Lemon Grove, authorities say.

Investigators say a pit bull attacked the baby just before 5 p.m. Thursday at a home on the 3500 block of West Street.

Paramedics from the Lemon Grove Fire Department arrived at the same time as deputies and began treating the mortally wounded infant, according to sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbitt.

The boy was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m., Nesbitt said. The baby’s name was not released, pending identification by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to authorities, animal control officers seized three apparent pit bulls from the home.

The occupants of the home were being interviewed by detectives, authorities said. 10News is reporting there were no other children in the house.

Homicide detectives were called to assume the investigation because it involved the death of an infant, Nesbitt said.

Assisting in the investigation are personnel from the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station, the sheriff’s Crime Lab, and U.S. Border Patrol assigned to the homicide detail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigators at 858-974-2321 (after hours) or 858-565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 (TIPS).

LEMON GROVE: 8-month-old infant killed in pitbull attack

An infant boy was mauled and killed by up to three dogs Thursday evening, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities said the dog attack involving three pitbulls happened just before 5 p.m. on the 3000-block of West Street in Lemon Grove, according to North County Times’ media partner NBC San Diego.

Deputies responded to the attack and when they arrived, a woman was holding an injured 8-month-old baby boy. Deputies requested homicide investigators at the scene.

By Thursday night, sheriffs confirmed the infant involved in the dog attack had died shortly after being transported to Rady Children’s Hospital.

As of Friday morning, no arrests were made in the case, Lt. Larry Nesbit with the Sheriff’s Department.

Neighbor Regina Marlow said she was shocked when they found out about the attack.

“I can’t even imagine losing a child and to know that a family pet did it,” Marlow said. “That’s horrific. I can’t even imagine what the family would be going through.”

Another neighbor Deirdra Canty said the dogs have been known to attack cats before.

“I don’t think that a dog like a pit bull, rottweiler, large dogs should be around little infants,” Canty said.

Authorities confirmed a total of three pitbulls were hauled away at the scene by Animal Control officers.

This is the youngest victim of a fatal dog attack that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is aware of, Nesbit said.

“They were aggressive,” Nesbit said. “They were restrained by animal control officers with the tools they have.”