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UPDATE: 8-day-old Lee County child dies after dog mauling

An 8-day-old baby girl from Lee County, Virginia that was mauled by a dog died Wednesday afternoon after receiving treatment at a Knoxville, TN hospital, according to Sheriff Gary Parsons. (MGN)

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.

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