4-year-old boy killed, another person injured in brutal dog attack in Baytown, police say

The tragedy happened in Baytown

HOUSTON – A 4-year-old boy was killed in a brutal dog attack in Baytown Wednesday morning, police confirmed.

Baytown police officers responded to reports of a dog fight in the 2700 block of Massey Tompkins around 7:40 a.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found that the 4-year-old had been attacked by the dogs. The child was transported to the hospital for treatment, but died.

“Being a baby and having pampers on, it was jaw-dropping,” said Yahir Martinez who called 911. “I guess part of his face was missing, that’s what really got me.”

Police said a resident of the home, who was trying to help the child, was also injured in the attack.

Neighbors said the dogs described as pit bulls were known to be friendly.

”They’ve had them for a while, those dogs were not new. I don’t know if maybe the little kid provoked them or something. It’s still sad,” said Yadi Rodriguez who lives in the mobile home park.

The dogs were seized by animal control as Baytown police continue to investigate the incident.

“Today, Baytown police officers worked a call that every officer dreads, the death of a child. We are heartbroken for the loss of this child. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the community who has been impacted by this tragedy,” said Baytown Police Chief John Stringer.

Correction:

We learned the person who was trying to intervene was not a neighbor but a resident of the home. Update: Child was a boy.


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