A 19-month-old toddler who was being watched by their older siblings while their parents were out was mauled to death by the family dog, a Rottweiler.
The gruesome attack took place around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the family's Flatbush home in Brooklyn, New York.
Sources told the New York Daily News that the child's father had left the boy with his two older brothers, aged 11 and nine when he went to work.
The NYPD confirmed the young boy was being watched by his older siblings in the ground floor apartment.
The New York Daily News reported that a passer-by pulled the baby out of the house after the terrified older brothers ran out into the street to find help.
Officers responding to the scene found the baby 'bleeding heavily' from bite wounds to his neck and shoulder, according to officials.
Officials added that the child died after being brought to Maimonides Hospital – a roughly 15-minute drive away.
The dog was taken away by Animal Care and Control, they added.
Sources said that the eldest boy told the police the dog had also previously attacked him.
Reports also stated that when the parents returned to the property they were interrogated by law officials to determine whether they had broken any laws.
As of Wednesday morning, no arrests had been made, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.
An analysis of dog bite fatalities over a 13-year period between January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2017 showed that 433 Americans were killed by canines.
Pit bulls contributed to 66% of these deaths. Rottweilers, the second leading canine killer, inflicted 10% of attacks that resulted in human death, according to the research by Dogsbite.org.
Shockingly, of all age groups, children ages 0-2 had the most victims, 27% (115). The highest age-specific fatality rate was in infants under one-year-old, which comprised 48% (55) of this group.
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