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Pit Bull Kills Two-Week-Old Child in Md.

August 9, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A two-week-old boy was fatally mauled Friday by his family’s pit bull terrier, authorities said.

The mother left the infant in a swing in a second-floor bedroom and went downstairs to her front door to talk briefly with a neighbor, said police Maj. Fred Bealefeld III. When she returned, the baby was injured.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital, said fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

The dog apparently left the house after the attack, and when police responded, they found a ``large, vicious pit bull″ running around the street, Bealefeld said. Officers fired several rounds at the dog, killing it.

At least one bullet struck a nearby car with two men inside, Bealefeld said. One man, Setarvine Rumph, was cut by flying glass.

``They didn’t see us drive past and then I was backing up,″ he said. ``They could have at least waited.″

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