15-month-old girl mauled to death by grandparents’ pit bull dog

A 15-month-old girl known as Scarlett was attacked by a family pit bull dog owned by her grandparents in an “unprovoked attack” in East Providence, Rhode Island, the US.

The  pit bull attacked her as she ate lunch in their garden.

The young child was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Upper South Providence less than three miles away, where she was later pronounced dead, police confirmed.

Two of her adult relatives were also injured by the dog when they tried to intervene, and cops were called to the home around 2.45pm local time on Thursday, police revealed in a report Sunday.

East Providence Police Chief William Nebus told WPRI;

“The family had sat down for lunch outside.

“The baby was on the ground roaming freely and the dog, in the fenced-in backyard, was also roaming freely. As far as we know, it was an unprovoked attack.

“It’s hard because even a family dog, a family-friendly dog, can suddenly lash out for whatever reason.”

 The animal has been killed by police officers.

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