The father left the child alone for a moment to move a sprinkler in the yard.
A 10-month-old baby has been killed after being attacked by the family’s two Rottweilers while the child’s father left them unattended for just a few moments to do a quick chore.
Authorities said the father, Scott Winberry, briefly left his infant daughter Malia with the two large dogs while he went to move a sprinkler in the yard of the family’s home in Willow Spring, North Carolina — about 15 miles south of Raleigh — at around 8pm Tuesday.
‘He just stepped outside to move a sprinkler and the neighbor pulled up talking to him,’ Danny Johnson, captain of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News, ‘and not even a couple of minutes passed and he heard the commotion inside the house.’
“The father had left the small child inside the residence unattended for only a couple of minutes, he heard a lot of commotion in the house, went back inside and found the baby unresponsive,” said Johnson.
Authorities say that Winberry, who also works in law enforcement, rushed back into the house, Johnson told CBS 17, and saw the Rottweilers attacking the baby girl.
He then immediately called for help and when deputies arrived they began performing CPR on the baby but were unsuccessful in their attempts.
Johnson said that emergency medical services arrived just a short time later and again attempted CPR procedures on the child but did not get a response. The baby was pronounced deceased at the scene of the attack.
It is not known if there have been any previous issues with the dogs before the attack occurred.
The two dogs have since been seized by animal control but it has not yet been determined what will happen to them.
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“It’s a bad scene,” said Johnson. “Anytime that a young child like that passes — or any child — it is very hard on us all because we all have children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We can’t imagine what they are going through.
They’ve got a long road ahead of them.”