LUSBY, Md. - A mother and father are mourning the loss of their 8-month-old son after the family dog suddenly attacked the child without warning. It happened Thursday afternoon in the southern Maryland town of Lusby.
It was just after 1 p.m. when the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received the 911 call about the attack in the living room of the home. The sheriff said there were deputies nearby and within a minute, they were at the scene.
"I've got one infant inside with a pit bull and the complainant is outside and she’s covered in blood,” a deputy calls in on the radio to dispatch.
Once they arrived inside the home, they determined immediately that the infant was fatally wounded and shot the pit bull.
"I know they were pretty close and they could see the dog was like a 60 to 65 pound dog, and they could see and they shot the dog in the body,” Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans said.
A family friend who was taking care of the child called 911.
"The child, the caretaker and the dog were all in the living room and the dog unprovoked attacked the baby,” said Evans.
The sheriff said Lusby is a tight-knit community and is taking this tragedy quite hard.
“I have a grandchild on the way and I just feel for this family,” he said. “I understand the father and the uncle are police officers and the mother is a teacher, and I know the grandmother very well. We are good friends and we are just all heartbroken.”
The sheriff’s office said this pit bull had never shown any signs of aggressiveness previously and their investigation has determined there will be no charges filed.