An infant was battling for life after he was viciously attacked by a dog in Nigeria on Tuesday.

The pit bull, owned by a soldier, attacked the 13-month-old baby, identified as Michael Duniya, after breaking free from its cage. The victim was playing with his four-year-old brother in the block adjacent to where the solider stayed when the attack took place. According to local reports, while the victim’s elder brother managed to run into the home after seeing the dog running toward them, Duniya was not fast enough. The canine grabbed the victim by the head before dragging him away.

A neighbor saw the dog biting the baby and immediately raised an alarm. She along with a few other neighbors attempted to free the baby from the dog’s jaws.

Recalling the incident, the unidentified neighbor said, “I was by my balcony when I saw the dog grab Michael by the head. The dog bit his ear and tore off his scalp, exposing his brain.”

“Incidentally, Michael did not scream as his blood littered everywhere. About four of us began throwing stones at the dog in a bid to get him to free Michael to no avail. Someone was able to get a cutlass and slashed the dog with it but it would not let Michael go. It was when the cutlass hit the face of the dog that the dog fell and died,” she said, adding that the owner the dog was furious when informed that his pet was killed.

Meanwhile, another resident of the area said the pit bull had been terrorizing them for a while.

“Some weeks ago, the same dog was let loose and began chasing children all over the place. A little girl fell into a gutter while running. I personally had to save the girl and chase the dog away. As a soldier I am not afraid of the dog but these little children playing in the barracks are not safe,” the unidentified resident said.

Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remained in critical condition as of Wednesday night.

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A pit bull in the menacing dogs area of the Henderson Animal Shelter in Auckland, New Zealand, July 27, 2016. Fiona Goodall/Getty Images