M'ville child airlifted to Chicago hospital after dog attack

2012-06-04T19:15:00Z 2012-06-04T23:58:04Z M'ville child airlifted to Chicago hospital after dog attackBy Chas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | A 9-month-old Merrillville girl suffered brain, head and neck injuries after her family's dog attacked her Saturday morning, police said.

The girl was playing about 8 a.m. on the floor of her home in the 7900 block of Harrison Place, when a 7-year-old pit bull mix in the same room grabbed the child by the back of the head and neck, Merrillville police Sgt. Jeff Rice said.

The girl's family immediately removed the dog from the room, and the girl was taken to the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, Rice said.

She later was airlifted to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, where she had surgery, Rice said.

The child's condition wasn't immediately available Monday afternoon.

Rice said the dog is in quarantine. No decisions have been made about euthanizing the animal, he said.

The girl's family told police the dog hasn't had prior aggression issues. Rice said there are no indications that the dog was taunted before biting the child.

"It's just an unfortunate situation," he said.

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