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Newborn killed by family dog

May 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 19 (UPI) -- A newborn baby died after being attacked by a pet dog while her mother and grandmother were in another room of their Ohio home, police said.

Makayla Darnell was pronounced dead late Thursday at a Toledo hospital, The (Toledo) Blade reported. She was airlifted there from Blanchard Valley Hospital near her home in Allen County.

An autopsy performed Friday determined the 3-day-old infant died of head injuries, Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy Lucas County medical examiner, said. She said the injuries were consistent with dog bites.

Steve Kahle, a coroner's investigator, said Makayla was asleep in a swing in the living room at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday while her mother and grandmother were in the kitchen. The two women said they heard nothing from the living room.

"It all appeared to happen in a matter of seconds," he said.

The dog, a pit-bull mix, is being held for 10 days quarantine. A judge will decide whether it should be destroyed.

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