FRESNO, Calif. – Police in Central California say two family dogs killed a 3-day-old baby after her mother left her on the couch and walked away for a few seconds.
Fresno Police Sgt. Dan Macias told CBS affiliate KGPE-TV the girl’s mother had left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up in the back yard. Macias said the mom was in the bathroom when the attack occurred and she heard screaming.
The baby died at a hospital shortly after the attack Monday.
Family members identified the baby to KGPE-TV as Susie Kirby. They say the baby’s mom is “heartbroken.”
Macias said the two male dogs, which are believed to be a mix of shar-pei and pit bull, are owned by the 33-year-old woman’s brother. He surrendered the dogs to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. SPCA spokesman Walter Salvari says the dogs will be euthanized.
Macias said police are continuing to investigate and charges have not been ruled out, but they don’t believe there was any criminal activity at this time.