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“I’ll never get to hear him say mama” | Baby killed by family dog, animal euthanized

Officials said the dog became aggressive toward emergency responders and was put down on the scene.
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 12:22 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 6-month-old was found dead by authorities after being attacked by the family dog, according to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

On Oct. 17 at approximately 6:15 p.m., authorities responded to a report of a baby not breathing due to an attack by the family dog. The residence was located on Apache Lane in Kodak, officials said.

Upon arrival, emergency responders found the infant dead and another person injured who lived in the home, a release stated. The resident was injured while trying to protect the child from being attacked, according to officials.

Officials said the large dog became aggressive toward emergency responders and was put down on the scene.

WVLT News spoke to the mother of the child, Tiffany Parker, who said that he was at his grandmother’s home at the time. She was hurt while trying to help the child, she said.

“I’ll never get to hear him say mama,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing by SCSO.

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