A 37-day-old baby girl died on Wednesday, December 11, shortly after she was bitten on the head by a pit bull at her grandmother's house in Tijuana, according to newspaper accounts.
The infant, identified only as "Alisson," was bleeding from the right side of her head when paramedics arrived at her grandmother's home in the La Presa area of Tijuana shortly before noon, the daily newspaper El Mexicano reported. She was rushed to a nearby medical clinic, where she died shortly after her arrival.
Authorities told El Sol de Tijuana that the child's 20-year-old mother, Lucero Celeste Lara López, gave the following account of the tragedy: She arrived at her mother-in-law's home at about 11:45 a.m. so the newborn could visit her paternal grandma, Miriam Leonor Estrada Armendáriz, 41. The older woman let the pit bull loose so it could go outside to the patio, but, instead of heading to the patio, the dog lunged at and bit the child, who was in her mother's arms when the attack occurred.
Tijuana police summoned to the scene contacted animal control officers, who seized the dog, El Sol reported. The two-year-old, 66-pound pit bull will be euthanized this weekend by lethal injection, the newspaper reported in its December 13 edition.
According to El Sol, Wednesday's deadly attack was the 71st reported dog bite in Tijuana so far this year; three of them were fatal.
El Mexicano reported in its December 13 edition that the dog had earlier tried to bite two other children and once attacked its owner.
The baby's grandmother, who owns two other pit bulls, was taken into custody for questioning by investigators, El Mexicano reported. Prosecutors will later determine whether any criminal charges will be filed. If found criminally liable, the grandmother could be sentenced to anywhere from five days to three years in jail.
The child's mother, according to El Mexicano, told investigators that her baby's death was an accident, that she forgave her mother-in-law and preferred that no charges be filed against her. She also said she did not want any monetary damages.