An 8-day-old baby boy has died after being attacked by a pit bull inside a North Carolina home.
Police said they found the newborn after being called to the home in Kenly, southeast of Raleigh, on Wednesday at 5 a.m.
The death is being treated as “accidental,” according to authorities.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the newborn was already dead when first responders arrived.
The EMTs and law enforcement officers who responded to the scene are being offered counseling, according to the Johnston County Report.
Police said they aren’t releasing any further information about what happened out of respect for the family and they haven’t confirmed if the dog was owned by the newborn’s family.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and their friends during this difficult time,” Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson said.
The female pit bull was seized by Johnston County Animal Control after being surrendered at the scene.
The dog will be euthanized after being held for 72 hours.