In a tragic accident, a 3-day-old baby named Sebastian Caban has died after being bitten in the head by the family dog.
The mother and father of the newborn were watching television in bed, with the baby and the dog Thursday evening, April 21, NBC San Diego reports. The mother suddenly started coughing, which startled the dog, who attack the baby. The couple pulled the dog off the baby and tried to call 911 twice but got no answer, so they rushed the baby to the hospital themselves. Unfortunately, the baby was already deceased and could not be revived by the hospital.
A neighbor said he heard the couple’s panicked screams before seeing them race off to the hospital.
The San Diego police have apologized for the slow 911 response time. They said 73 calls had come in during that same time period, and their operators are understaffed.
The San Diego County’s medical examiner has ruled the death as an accident.
The 2-year-old dog is a neutered male American Staffordshire terrier-mix and is being held in quarantine for 10 days. The couple will have to decide whether to reclaim him.
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