Little boy mauled by pit bulls in Gilbert

Little boy mauled by pit bulls in Gilbert

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GILBERT, Ariz. -

A 2-year-old boy has died following a dog attack in Gilbert, and the toddler's babysitter underwent surgery for lacerations she suffered trying to save the child.

A special needs toddler and his four siblings were being cared for at the babysitter's house near Val Vista and Germann Sunday morning when three adult pit bulls began fighting.

Somehow, the boy and the babysitter got in the middle of the dogfight, and the dogs began attacking the child.

The babysitter, a 28-year-old female, tried to intervene and pull the dogs off the child, but he was mortally injured.

The child was rushed to the hospital and where he was pronounced dead. The babysitter was wounded and underwent surgery Sunday afternoon. She was listed in stable condition.

"She did have some lacerations to her arms, legs and hands from trying to break up the fight," said Gilbert Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger.

The dogs were taken by Animal Care and Control and will be held in rabies quarantine for 10 days at the shelter, which is standard protocol.

"Right now we're looking at it as a tragic terrible accident, but if the investigators get in there and find something, once detectives are done, there's always a possibility charges could be filed in this case."

The kids were staying the weekend with the babysitter. The father was in Mesa and the mother was in Flagstaff, and she drove back immediately when she learned what happened.

She told FOX 10 she was so numb after hearing of her son Daniel's death that she couldn't think straight.

Neighbors say the dogs are typically kept outside and they've never encountered any problems with them.

Gilbert Police are investigating.

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