13-day-old baby killed in attack by family dog


by khou.com staff


Posted on September 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 4 at 6:20 PM

CYPRESS, Texas – A newborn baby was killed after it was attacked by a dog in Cypress on Saturday.

It happened at a home at 16542 Cypress Bridge near Whispering Cypress just before 8 p.m.

Deputies said the mother placed the 13-day-old boy in a carrier inside one of the rooms in the house.

She went outside and was watching the child through a window when a dog inside the house sniffed the infant before mauling it.

The newborn was airlifted to the hospital, where the boy died Sunday morning.

Neighbor Terri Ayala was stunned by the news.

“We just saw the baby and the mama outside and then later we saw the commotion out there,” said Ayala. “The last thing we thought was the baby.”

The dog, described as a lab mix weighing more than 100 pounds, was taken by Harris County Animal Control and put in quarantine.

The case will be referred to a grand jury, which will decide if charges should be filed.