6-month-old baby dies after dog attack

The dog that attacked and killed a 6-month-old girl Monday was put down this afternoon, according to a Clark County news release. (Photo provided)

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A 6-month-old child was killed this afternoon after being attacked by a dog.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 6-month-old Kaniko Dao Tsuda-Saelee of Las Vegas.

The incident occurred just before 1:15 p.m. on the 9100 block of West Brilliant Prairie Court, near West Centennial Parkway and North Fort Apache Road, according to Officer Laura Meltzer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The child was taken to Centennial Hills Hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Clark County confirmed the pit bull mix was euthanized Tuesday.

The mother of the child was inside the home at the time. Police say their pit bull, for some reason, became agitated and bit the child. The mother immediately called 911. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"This is something a lot of families can learn from,” said LVMPD Officer Larry Hadfield. “It's an absolute tragedy, and regardless how trusting you are of your animals in your house, you have to make sure you are supervising."

Ron Tripodi, who lives right behind the home where the dog attack happened, says he has seen the pit bull on occasion.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous,” he said. “I mean, how does it happen? How do you leave a dog with a baby? How does it happen?"

Police say as a standard procedure, LVMPD's Child Abuse and Neglect Division will be looking into the case.

"They just got a bad rap. I don't know if they are good dogs or not,” he said. “Maybe they should do something about these dogs."

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