A young child was reportedly killed Monday as the result of a dog attack.
“I am heartbroken over this whole matter and my thoughts and prayers are with the family tonight,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks.
Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Haines confirmed Tuesday that the child was 23 months of age, but said no additional details were being released.
“The investigation is ongoing at this time,” Haines said.
According to a statement issued from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at about 11:10 a.m. Monday as deputies were dispatched alongside American Medical Response to the 9900 block of Private Road 3820 in the Easy Living addition in regards to a dog bite call.
The initial deputy on the scene observed a child in the roadway who had suffered major trauma as a result of a dog attack. The deputy performed life-saving measures on the infant until AMR made scene and transported the child to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Quinlan, but because of the severity of the injuries, the child did not survive.
Investigators with the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene and the preliminary information shows the child had gotten out of the enclosed yard unknown to family members and walked down the gravel road. The dog, believed to be a pit bull, was in his yard which was enclosed by a four-foot chain link fence, but was able to get out of the yard and attacked the child in the roadway.
An autopsy has been ordered at the direction of Justice of the Peace David McNabb.
McNabb signed a warrant for the seizure of the dog, which at last report was being held by a local animal control facility.
No additional details were available as of press time Tuesday.