PONTIAC (CBS Detroit) – A 10-week old baby was attacked and killed while in his uncle’s arms on a couch in Pontiac, Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies said. It happened at 11:41 a.m. Sunday in the 8000 block of Tindall Road.
Police were called and found the 26-year-old father placing the infant in the front seat of his truck to take him to the hospital. Due to the extent of the baby’s injuries, the deputies immediately began CPR until the Springfield Township Fire Department arrived on scene.
The baby was immediately transported to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc Township. It was determined by the emergency room physician at Genesys that the baby needed to be airlifted to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
At Beaumont, the infant succumbed to his wounds.
“This is a tragic incident and it is a sad reminder to keep animals away from small children and babies no matter what the circumstances may be. Animal behavior, whether intended as playful or territorial, can have devastating impact on small children,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a press release.
The incident occurred when the infant’s 18-year-old uncle, who lives at the residence, was holding the child on the couch. The dog tried to jump on the couch and was pushed off, police said.
Shortly after, the dog jumped back up and began attacking the infant in the head and throat area.
The father was able to pry the dog’s jaws open and release the infant from the dog’s hold. The father also sustained injuries as a result of the attack.
The dog is a 3-year-old old female and is a “Catahoula” cattle hound breed — which is the official dog breed of Louisiana, and not a breed known for aggression. The family owned the dog for a little over two years, police said. Several months ago, the dog had bitten a neighbor on the arm, but it did not result in a serious injury.
Oakland County Animal Control responded immediately to the scene and took custody of the dog. Police said the dog will be put to sleep by Oakland County Animal Control.
The Medical Examiner was notified and a post mortem autopsy will be performed. Child Protective Services was also contacted and advised of the investigation.