Family dog kills 8-day-old Virginia baby, sheriff says

JONESVILLE, Va. (WJHL) — A family’s dog fatally mauled an 8-day-old baby at a Virginia home Wednesday, said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons.

Parsons told WJHL the girl died at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

The call came in around 11:40 a.m. that a family pet had attacked a child, he said. Within hours, the child was taken to Lonesome Pine Hospital, then Holston Valley Medical Center and then to UT Medical Center.

The baby had extensive injuries to the upper part of her body, Parsons said.

The family’s dog is with Lee County Animal Control.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Lee County Department of Social Services is also involved, Parsons said.

The family has two older children, according to officials. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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