‘Our hearts are heavy’: Police say no charges after dog kills baby

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CALVERT COUNTY, Va. — The sheriff’s office says that after a thorough investigation of the death of an 8-month-old baby after the family pit bull attacked, they will not be issuing criminal charges against anyone involved.

A family friend was babysitting the baby boy on Friday afternoon when the pit bull attacked. She tried to stop the attack to no avail. Officers responded within one minute, and found the dog still attacking the baby.

The officers shot and killed the dog to stop the attack. They say the infant was not struck by the gunfire.

The sheriff’s office reports it was “immediately apparent” that the baby was dead and beyond medical help. Animal control officers, EMS and other deputies soon arrived and began to investigate. The attack took place at Prancer Court in Lusby.

Police say the dog had no prior record of being aggressive, and will be tested for rabies. The baby was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

“Out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing any names at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is a close knit community and events like this effect everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family. No one should have to endure this type of traumatic event.”