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Dogs attack, kill central Illinois boy


VARNA, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities in central Illinois say a 7-year-old boy was attacked and killed by dogs on a farm outside Varna.


The Marshall County Sheriff's Department says Jason Walter was found Wednesday morning in the farm's driveway.

An emergency helicopter was called to transport the boy to the hospital. But Coroner David Lenz Jr. says the doctor aboard the helicopter pronounced the child dead.

Lenz says four dogs, including three pit bulls and a mixed breed, were captured at the scene. They've been taken to the Marshall County Veterinary Clinic for quarantine and could be euthanized.

An autopsy is planned, and the death remains under investigation.

Varna is about 30 miles northeast of Peoria.

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