From The Morning Journal
A 20-month-old girl was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital Friday night after being attacked by pit bulls in an apartment, police said.
The three dogs that were in the apartment were euthanized, and the incident is under investigation, according to Sgt. Angelo Moscato.
“We won’t have answers from autopsy for a couple days, but the child from description severely injured by the animal,” Moscato said.
The toddler had been visiting residents of the third-floor apartment at 127 Leete St. with family. Police said the tenants owned the three dogs.
During the visit, the dogs were put into another room, but somehow got out and found the child laying on the floor on a blanket in another room, Moscato said.
Moscato said it’s also unclear if the child was alone at the time of the attack and whether two or three of the dogs were involved. But police were told that, after the attack, two dogs were seen standing near the child, who was bleeding, Moscato said. People in the apartment then put the dogs in another room.
Police and paramedics were dispatched around 6:13 p.m. after receiving a call that a child had been bitten by a dog. When they arrived, the child was unconscious, and paramedics immediately took the toddler to Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to Moscato.
Typically, when a dog bites a person, its owner must decide if the animal should be quarantined or euthanized. Because of the severity of this case and the “aggression” of the animals, the three dogs were euthanized Friday night, Moscato said. They will then be sent to the state police lab for rabies tests, a standard procedure in dog bite cases.
Moscato did not release information about the child or names of those at the apartment. He said it’s unclear if charges are pending because the investigation is in the very early stages.
Update: October 2, 2011 - The following article is by Cynthia Trowbridge, from Digital Journal
Toddler dies after being attacked by pit bulls
Skyvalleychronicle.com reports according to police 20-month-old Nevaeh Bryant was in a third-floor apartment visiting her aunt. The report said the three pit bulls were put into another room while the girl was there. The dogs somehow got out and went into a room where the child was lying on the floor on a blanket.
It isn't clear if the girl was alone in the room or how many of the dogs attacked her. The police were told there were two of the dogs standing near the child after the attack. A witness said the toddler was lying in a pool of blood.
The police were called by a neighbor from a downstairs apartment. When the police and paramedics arrived they found the little girl on the floor. She was bleeding and unconscious according to West Haven Police Officer Bret Schneider. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The dogs had been put into another room and the police managed to remove them from the apartment. The dogs were euthanized.
Reuters.com reports Officer Schneider said, "We believe all three dogs were involved in the attack, but they have to have (a) necropsy done." A necropsy is a post-mortem examination of the dogs. This will determine how many of the dogs were involved in the mauling of the child.
nhregister.com reports the aunt spoke to reporters but didn't give her name. She told them family members were coming there from the South on Monday.
She said,“I just want to say everybody should pray for her and her family because she was my niece."
When asked if the dogs have ever been aggressive before, she shook her head “no.”
According to neighbors the dogs have been aggressive before.