Pit bull attacks 8-month-old boy in Newport News

Posted by Terry Alexander

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (AP) - An eight month old child is in critical condition after being attacked by a pit bull in Newport News.

The attack happened Monday morning at the home of the child's babysitter.

The little boy was on the floor when the dog locked its jaws around the child's neck.

The boy was taken to the hospital with what police described as "substantial injuries" to the face and neck.

The pit bull was one and a half years old. It was handed over to animal control authorities and euthanized.

Detectives are looking at the attack as a possible case of child neglect.

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