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A 3-week-old baby was mauled to death by a 2-year-old pit bull (pictured above) on Detroit’s west side Thursday evening, the Detroit Free Press reports. Neither the baby nor her parents has been named at this point.

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Local police say that the mother went to a home and took the infant inside with her. She placed the baby, still strapped in her car seat, on the floor. The mother reportedly did not know that there was a dog running loose inside of the home.


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The mother stepped away briefly. But when she returned, she saw a pit bull mauling her baby. They rushed her to a local hospital, but she died of her injuries. Investigators were on the scene snapping photos and collecting evidence. But prosecutors, at this point, are not pursuing criminal charges.

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“It seems like maybe just a tragic accident,” Sgt. Eren Stephens of the Detroit Police Department told the Free Press.

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According to, 65 percent of those who have been “maimed or killed by pit bulls during the past 30 years have occurred during the past 10 years.”