Chardon infant hospitalized after dog attack

Chardon infant hospitalized after dog attack
Toddler caught in the middle of dog fight. (Source: WOIO)
Toddler caught in the middle of dog fight. (Source: WOIO)

CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - On Monday, Chardon Police say a dog attacked an infant girl on Court Street around 8:30 p.m.

The baby was flown to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

When EMS arrived, they found the infant suffering from severe lacerations and called for a medical helicopter.

Dispatcher: "911. Where is emergency?"

Caller: "Inside Chardon. The number is 118. Right off the Square. Something terrible happened to our baby." 

Dispatcher: "What's going on there?"

Caller: "It looks like the baby has been cut really, really badly."

Neighbors say the mother told them dogs were chasing a tennis ball inside the house and the 7-month-old girl got caught in the middle.

"I asked her, 'What happened?' I was trying to help. She was like, 'My baby! My baby! The dog was playing with a tennis ball and -- my baby. My baby!' And she was just trembling," said neighbor Kimberly Willman.

Police say the infant was caught in the middle of a dog fight inside the home. An incident report says she was bitten in the head. 

"She has scalping on her left side of her head. I tried to apply pressure to the wound, her one eye. The right eye had blood all in the eyelashes, so I tried to clean that," said Willman. 

The child is in serious condition in the hospital.

Neighbors say at least three dogs live in the home. The dogs involved in the incident were an American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bulldog.

Currently, the dogs are in quarantine for 10 days with the Geauga County Dog Warden.

Then, there will be three options: the dogs permanently stay with the warden, go back to their owners, or be put down. Police will help determine what happens next.

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