A 22-month-old girl in St. Charles, Missouri, is hospitalized in critical condition at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center after a vicious attack by the family’s Pit Bull, the Inquisitor reports.
The toddler’s grandmother was babysitting her and her older brothers, aged 5 and 8, at a home in the 2800 block of Essex Drive, when the Pit Bull got loose from a closed room and attacked the baby girl at approximately 6:45 p.m. The baby girl had just been fed and put to bed. The ten-year-old Pit Bull weighed 80 pounds, according to KMOV.
Investigators say the grandmother tried to grab the Pit Bull and get it off the child, and she lost two fingertips from each hand when the animal turned on her. She then told the older two children to get out of the house and run next door for help, Fox2Now reports.
The neighbor who responded reportedly had to stab the Pit Bull seven times with a kitchen knife before it would release the victim.
The toddler was first taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in St. Charles, and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center because of the critical nature of her wounds, especially a severe bite to her neck and throat. The toddler was also bitten all over her body, reports the Inquisitor.
According to KSDK Channel 5 News, the Pit Bull survived the knife wounds but has already been euthanized on Friday morning, at the request of the family.
Authorities are saying this is a tragic accident and no charges are expected to be filed.
“TRAGIC ACCIDENT” OR A DANGEROUS BREED?
Pit bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7.