ChronicleOnline:– A 5-day-old girl died early Sunday morning after a Dunnellon family’s pit bull got into her crib and attacked the infant.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators are ruling the child’s death accidental, and no charges are expected to be filed in connection with the death, sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said Wednesday.
Sheriff’s detectives are still waiting for the medical examiner’s office to determine an official cause and manner of death, Blair added.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a family member performing CPR on the infant. A deputy took over, performing chest compression on the child, who was still somewhat responsive, the report states.
A female relative told police the pit bull jumped onto the bed, which was next to the bassinet where the baby was, and started attacking the child while she was in another room, according to the report.
Another family member came into the bedroom and rescued the infant before performing CPR.
Paramedics with Nature Coast EMS and firefighters with Citrus County Fire Rescue arrived, began treating the child and set up a medical airlift to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers, where the infant was pronounced dead at roughly 1:40 a.m., according to the report.
Animal control officers seized the dog Wednesday and brought it to the Citrus County Animal Shelter, where it was euthanized, Blair said.