UPDATE: 8-day-old Lee County child dies after dog mauling
An infant from Lee County, Virginia that was mauled by a family dog has died after being transported to a Knoxville hospital, Sheriff Gary Parsons has confirmed.
The little girl was just 8-days-old and was reportedly attacked while in her bassinet Wednesday mid-morning, the sheriff said, inside the family home located in the Seminary community located 7 miles from the Wise County, Virginia border.
A family member transported the child to a medical facility in Big Stone Gap and evaluated. She was then taken by medical helicopter to Tennessee where she passed away just after 4 p.m. from injuries sustained to her upper body.
A formal investigation has now been launched by state social services, Parsons said. He also noted that the dog was collected by a county animal control officer and taken to a shelter for placement into quarantine.