Child attacked by family pet; suffers injuries to face and head

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TRENTON, OH (FOX19) - A Trenton toddler is recovering after being attacked by his family dog.

Police said the one-year old child was bitten on the face and head by the dog Tuesday afternoon in Trenton. Police are not releasing the child's name or condition. The child was flown to Children's Hospital.

Tuesday afternoon, a family pet barked in the window of the home where the brutal incident occurred hours earlier. Melissa and Steve Durbin own the home on the 800 block of Barrington Court.

Officers said someone called 911 asking for help after a one-year old boy had been bitten by a dog.

"When I walked out on my porch, the paramedic was bringing the baby out and he had a towel over him," said Rachel Agee, a neighbor. "I could not see him. There was a lot of blood visible, and then she was on her front porch. Pretty hysterical. There was a lot of blood on her."

"There was some blood," said Trenton Ptlm. Bruce Agee. "Was a lot of tissue damage to the right side of the child's face."

Police said the child suffered severe facial wounds, including deep cuts to his face and head.

"The child was pretty quiet until the rescue squad got there and they started rendering first aid and the child started crying some," said Ptlm. Agee.

Neighbors said the dog was a Pit Bull-Boxer mix. Police said the family also owns two other dogs, but smaller breeds.

Those who live nearby said the family has lived in the house for about two years, but kept to themselves.

As for the dog, police said it's still on the loose.

"I asked where the dog was at," said Ptlm. Agee. "The lady said she had thrown it out."

Neighbors say authorities spotted the dog in a cage in the kitchen.

Chief Traud said he's working with the Butler County Animal Warden to figure out whether or not charges will be filed.

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