A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog inside his home in south Fulton County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The toddler was attacked around 1 p.m. inside his Sierra Trail townhome. The boy’s mother was using the restroom when the attack occurred. “She advised it happened fast,” Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker told the AJC. “It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”
A neighbor, Joseph Messam, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he heard screams. When he went outside he saw his neighbor lying on the ground screaming, “‘The dog killed the baby! The dog killed the baby.’ That’s what I heard her say.”
As police investigated the scene, the dog remained in a contained area inside the home. The dog had been the family pet for 8 years, according to Detective Parker.
“The breed, we believe, is a pit bull,” Oliver Delk, administrator for Fulton County animal services, told reporters at the scene. “We don’t know what made it attack the child as it did,” Delk said.
Animal Control employees arrived on the scene around 3pm, and transported the dog to a shelter for evaluation. The dog’s fate is not known.