3-day-old baby mauled to death by family dog in San Diego

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LOS ANGELES — Police say a 3-day-old boy was fatally mauled by a pet dog as his parents watched helplessly in their San Diego home.

Sgt. Tu Nguyen said the parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and pit bull-mix Thursday night when the mother coughed, startling the dog.

Nguyen said the dog reacted by biting the baby, resulting in a traumatic injury. He said the parents pulled the animal off and took their only child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is under way to determine the cause of death.

Nguyen, a sergeant in the child abuse unit, says the baby’s death appears to be “nothing more than a tragic accident.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports animal control officers took the 2-year-old dog into custody.


  • molly

    Don’t mix that kind of dog with children ….common sense . Human life is more precious then the dog . Charge those negligent parents. Egocentric in my opinion to keep a dog like that. RIP sweet boy who never got a chance.

  • S.Olsen

    Why hasn’t anyone said , the dog shouldn’t have been in the bed to begin with? Because, the bed is up off the floor, a place the dog is “equal” to the people. A dog should always know you are in charge. Yes, it is just a tragic accident for sure.

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