Published September 23, 2013
A 2-year-old Arizona boy has died after being mauled by a trio of pit bulls at his baby sitter’s house, police say.
The special needs toddler and his four siblings were at the baby sitter’s house in Gilbert on Sunday morning when three of the dogs in the house began fighting, Fox 10 News reports.
The dogs attacked the child after he got caught in the middle of the fight, and his 28-year-old baby sitter – whose name was not revealed – suffered cuts to her arms, legs and hands as she tried to pull the dogs off him, Gilbert police said.
"Right now we're looking at it as a tragic terrible accident, but if the investigators get in there and find something, once detectives are done, there's always a possibility charges could be filed in this case,” Gilbert Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger told Fox 10 News.
The baby sitter was listed in stable condition following surgery, while the boy died after being rushed to a hospital.
The dogs are currently being held for 10 days in a local animal shelter.