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Mother Saves Daughter From Pit Bull Attack In Turlock

TURLOCK (CBS13) - A six-month-old baby in a bouncy seat was attacked by the family pit bull, and Turlock police say the mom's quick thinking saved her baby's life.

Police and paramedics rushed to Geer Road Apartment complex in Turlock on Friday morning to help a six-month-old baby, who was attacked by the family dog.

"They started medical care on the victim who received lacerations to the head, cheeks, and chin," said Officer Steve Rodriguez, a Turlock Police Department spokesperson.

Police say the mother was in a separate room at the time of the attack. The baby was sitting in a baby jumper when the four-year-old pit bull attacked. The mother rushed in and had to pry the dog off the child before calling 911.

"If the mother didn't initially react to the sounds she was hearing, this potentially could have been a lot worse," said Rodriguez.

The baby's injuries were severe enough to call in a helicopter transport to UC Davis Medical Center.

"After the attack, the family surrendered the dog to the Turlock City Animal Control, where it's city policy that dogs involved in severe bite incidents are held in a special 10-day quarantine," he said.

Neighbors at the apartment complex say they didn't know the family had a dog and police have not responded to any cases involving the dog before Friday's attack.

Police say no one will be charged in the dog attack.

"We determined this to be an accident at this time. The mother did what she needed to do," said Rodriguez.

After thE quarantine period, which ends March 21, animal control will determine what will happen to the dog.

We have not received an update on the child's condition, but police say the child's injuries are non-life threatening.


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