An infant from Hunt County, Texas, died Monday (June 29) after the child was viciously mauled by a pit bull that went loose.

According to the Hunt County Sheriff's office, dispatchers rushed to a home Monday morning after receiving reports of a dog attack. A deputy, who arrived at the scene before the medics, located the child “who had suffered major trauma as a result of a dog attack” on the road.

The deputy performed life-saving measures on the infant until the medics arrived. The child was then rushed to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Quinlan. The child later succumbed to the injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the infant got out of the enclosed yard of their home and went down the gravel road when the family members weren’t watching.

According to the reports, the dog, believed to be a pit bull, managed to get out of a yard enclosed by a four-foot chain-link fence. The dog then viciously mauled the infant in the roadway, causing life-threatening injuries to the child.

The infant’s body has been sent for an autopsy. Test results will reveal more information into the incident.

Justice of the Peace David McNabb ordered the killer dog to be seized. It is currently being held at a local animal control facility.

“I am heartbroken over this whole matter and my thoughts and prayers are with the family tonight,” Sheriff Randy Meeks told local media.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further details were available at the time.

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A similar incident was reported from Illinois last month when 52-year-old Lisa Urso was mauled to death by one of her three pet dogs. An initial investigation revealed that Urso escaped the attack inside her home and managed to get to the back deck but her injuries were so serious that she later succumbed to them. According to the police, although all three of the dogs had blood on them, officials narrowed it down to one of them as it had a history of attacking people.