A four month-old baby girl bled to death after being mauled by her family’s pet pit bull.
McKenzie Terwell was killed by the animal at her family’s home in Dayton, Ohio, on January 9.
Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger performed the infant’s autopsy, and listed her cause of death as ‘exsanguination (bleeding) due to extensive soft tissue trauma.’
He ruled McKenzie’s death an accident, although police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the horrific incident.
According to a 911 call, one of the baby’s parents returned home to find her fatally injured.
That parent, who has not been named, told the dispatcher that another relative was supposed to be caring for McKenzie at the time.
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Neighbor Darleen Bannon said family’s dogs never appeared to be aggressive, and that they kept themselves to themselves.
She added: ‘It’s painful to have that young of a child taken out of your life because of a dog,
‘I hope that they don’t let the dogs back to them.
‘I hope that she can recover from the loss of her baby girl. And I hope the family just has some kind of peace.’
The pit bull which mauled McKenzie is currently in quarantine, and is likely to be destroyed.
Local veterinarian Dr Daniel Brauer said that parents should supervise young children very closely when in the company of a dog, and that there should be some form of barrier between child and pet.
He explained: ‘I think the parent should be actually holding the infant.
‘The infant should never be put down on the floor and let the pet come up and lick it or lay on it or lay next to it.’