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Dog mauls infant to death in Southwest Virginia

STEPHEN IGO, • Mar 8, 2018 at 3:12 PM

JONESVILLE, Va. — An 8-day-old girl succumbed to injuries inflicted by the family dog on Wednesday, Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons confirmed.

Parsons said his office received a call for assistance at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday from a residence in the Seminary community, an area located not far from Big Stone Gap. By the time deputies arrived, the child’s father had already left with the infant for Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap.

Parsons said deputies were told that the dog, “a large shepherd type,” attacked and mauled the infant as she was in a bassinet. Parsons said the baby suffered injuries primarily to the upper body and head. He said she was transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport and then to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she died just after 4 p.m.

The incident “is being looked into” by the sheriff’s office, the Lee County Department of Social Services and the county animal control department, Parsons said. More about the attack from our partners at the Kingsport Times News.

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