Family's pit bull climbs into newborn's crib and mauls the baby girl to death in Florida

The newborn was fatally attacked by the dog before her grandfather attempted to save her by performing CPR. However, it was too late


                            Family's pit bull climbs into newborn's crib and mauls the baby girl to death in Florida

A Florida family's pet pit bull climbed into a five-day-old baby girl's crib and fatally attacked her, according to law enforcement authorities. The circumstances surrounding the newborn's horrific death, which has been ruled an accident, are being currently looked at by investigators with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. That said, the victim's family members, who were present during the incident a week ago, are facing no criminal charges as of yet, Daily Mail reports.

The pit bull was removed from the home and later euthanized. (Citrus County Sheriff's Office)
The pit bull was removed from the home and later euthanized. (Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

First responders arrived at an address on West Ranchetta Street in Dunnellon at 12.20 a.m on November 11 for a report of a dog attack, according to the Citrus County Chronicle. The grandfather was found performing CPR on the infant when deputies with the sheriff's office arrived at the scene. The baby, who was described as still somewhat responsive at the time, was given chest compressions by a deputy who took over life-saving measures upon arrival.

The family's pit bull allegedly jumped onto a bed that was positioned next to the bassinet where the newborn was sleeping and immediately started biting her, according to the child's grandmother. However, she was not in the bedroom when that happened. It was only when the baby's grandfather walked into the room and pulled the hound off of the child. Unfortunately, the baby was pronounced dead at 1.40 a.m after responding paramedics had her airlifted to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers.

Last week, animal control officers removed the pit bull from the residence and took it to an animal shelter, where it was euthanized.