NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - An eight month old baby boy is in the hospital struggling to survive after being attacked by a pit bull.
Newport News police say the little boy was at his babysitter's house on Barclay Road when the pit bull mauled him around 7:30 Monday morning.
The baby was listed in critical condition Monday evening after being in surgery earlier in the day. He was badly injured with deep bites all over his face and neck.
Police say the baby's mother and father are both in the military and his mother dropped him off at the babysitter's on her way to work.
They say the baby was on the floor when the babysitter's pit bull, only a year or so old itself, attacked the baby. The babysitter and her teenager daughter struggled to pry the baby out of the dog's jaws.
"It's just devastating," said one neighbor. "You never want to admit that your dog might do something like that."
Police say when the babysitter got the pit bull off the baby she called 911 and willingly surrendered her dog to animal control officers.
A short time later, the dog was euthenized.
"I think a dog is basically what you breed it to be and it will be either mean or as friendly as can be, based on its upbringing," said another neighbor.
An ambulance first rushed the baby to a peninsula hospital, his condition was so serious though he was quickly choppered to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Police have not yet decided whether to criminally charge the babysitter.