KENLY – An 8 day-old baby died Wednesday after being attacked by a dog. Law enforcement authorities are still investigating the tragic death.
Around 5:00am, Kenly Police and first responders were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of N. Church Street. Authorities discovered where the male infant had been reportedly attacked inside the home by a female pit bull dog.
Kenly Police requested the assistance of the NC State Bureau of Investigation and Johnston County Medical Examiner’s Office with the investigation.
This afternoon, Police Chief Josh Gibson said the death is being treated as accidental. “First and foremost, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and their friends during this difficult time,” Chief Gibson said in a prepared statement.
The pit bull was seized at the scene by Johnston County Animal Control. Officials said the animal was surrendered to them and after a 72 hour hold it will be euthanized.
Johnston County Report has learned that counseling will be offered to fire department first responders, EMS workers, 911 dispatchers and law enforcement who were involved with the incident.