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A newborn baby boy has been killed by the family dog in his parent’s bed.

The three-day-old baby was attacked after the American Staffordshire terrier-Great Dane cross breed was startled by the boy’s mother coughing.

The baby and his parents were sitting in bed watching TV with the dog at the time, reports SKY NEWS.

Sergeant Tu Nguyen, of San Diego police, said the coughing caused the dog to unexpectedly bite the baby.

He said the parents were able to pull the animal off the child and take him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sgt Nguyen, a member of the child abuse unit, said: “At this time, we’re looking at this as nothing more than a tragic incident.”

A post mortem examination is under way to determine the cause of death.

The dog, a two-year-old named Polo, is being held in quarantine to determine whether it has rabies.

Deputy director of the county Department of Animal Services Dan DeSousa said it will be up to the owners to decide its fate.

Such a horrible tragedy!

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  • I’m in shock reading this, those poor parents. That poor baby. Such a tragic accident.

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  • Absolutely horrible. I wonder if the dog had a history of ever biting. This is why I’ve never had a dog; can’t trust them around young kids which is no one’s fault. Maybe when my kids are older. Just nature.

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  • *sigh*
    Tragic for the family and this could spell the end of the Dogs life as well when Im sure all it thought it was doing was protecting its owners. The dog has no idea where this new creature has come from.

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  • When will people learn! No matter how loving and how much you trust your dog, they should NEVER be let do close to small children. I really hope this dog isn’t destroyed and that the parents think twice about letting animals so close to their next baby

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  • Such a tragedy. I’d never let my dog in the bed with me to begin with let alone with a baby in there. These parents have learned an extremely harsh lesson. RIP little one.

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  • Dogs and babies simply don’t mix! So easy to separate them – use a baby gate to keep the dog out of the room, or keep the dog outside. Dogs hurting kids is way to common. So sad that a baby lost its life this way – really tragic.

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  • I would not have had the dog on the bed. A friend of mine has a desexed dog that goes inside, he has to have a look if he hears the baby cry, and walks out of the room again. He will look at a baby or small toddler but will not touch them at all. I don’t he would hesitate it if a total stranger tried to touch the baby though. The children have taught from a few months old that you can show the dog your hand then pat them gently, but you never leave them alone together until the child has been walking for awhile. The only time the dog has growled was at a boy about 5 years old who put his face right in front of him and was breathing into the dog’s face. Their heads were just about touching. No dog or cat likes that. They feel you are threatening them. The boy was warned, didn’t move away immediately and was punished for not doing so. The kid tried a second time and was banished to another room. You can do just about anything with the dog within reason as long as you don’t hurt it. Even then he usually just yelps and moves away.

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  • So sad, i have one little dog and he’s not allowed inside.

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  • that is tragic.

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  • How sad for the family thoughts are with them

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  • How terrible. It probably was indeed just an accident. But with horrible consequences. Poor little child. :-(

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  • How heartbreaking and tragic. An unavoidable tradegy

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  • I have no words. Very sad. Animals are and always going to be animals. How would you have both at the same bed?! Specially because it is no news that a newborn have no immunity and can get sick very easy…

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  • And this is why I don’t trust any animal around little kids. Even good ones can behave uncharacteristically.

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  • I am heart broken to read thus, my daughter has 3 boys and 2 dogs and just recently the male dog has growled and bitten the youngest on the cheek i am petrified the same will happen.

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