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Family Pit Bull Kills 2-Year-Old Boy

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(Photo Credit: Getty Images/William Thomas Cain)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Authorities say they plan to evaluate the health and temperament of a family dog that attacked and killed a toddler in his home south of Atlanta.

Fulton County police Det. Melissa Parker says the 2-year-old boy was attacked Wednesday afternoon while his mother was in the bathroom. The child’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Parker said the dog had been a family pet for eight years. No charges had been filed as of early Thursday.

Neighbors who tried to pry the dog off the boy were traumatized to what they saw.

“It was like a horror movie. It was like something I’ve never seen before,” an unidentified neighbor told WGCL-TV. “We’re traumatized. The images are still in our minds. I can still see the baby.”

Authorities say the attack happened in an unincorporated area in south Fulton County near Union City — which is about 20 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Oliver Delk, administrator for Fulton County animal services, said the dog is believed to be a pit bull.

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