Toddler dead after being attacked by family dog


by Stephanie Baumer / staff

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 27 at 4:55 PM

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY ( – A 22-month old infant who was critically injured by a family dog Thursday night died over the weekend, according to officials. 

Police say the child’s grandmother was babysitting the girl and her two older brothers when the family’s 10-year-old, 80 pound, pit bull-type dog got loose from a back room of the home and attacked the child. The grandmother was also attacked when she attempted to help the child.

According to the St. Charles Sheriff Department, the girl’s two older brothers were sent out the house by the grandmother. The boys returned with a neighbor who stabbed the dog several times with a steak knife to free the child.

Authorities said the girl was bitten on her neck, back, stomach, face and suffered extensive blood loss. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. She is currently listed in critical condition.

The grandmother lost parts of two fingers on both hands in the attack, according to police.

The dog survived the stab wounds, but per the family’s request, authorities said the dog was euthanized following the attack.  

Police say the attack happened at a home in the 2800 block of Essex Drive around 6:45 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.