Family Dog Mauls Newborn Baby to Death in Front of Horrified Mother

A 5-week-old baby boy was mauled to death by their family's dog in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Deputies arrived at the home in Kariong on Australia's Central Coast around 2:20 a.m. and attempted to resuscitate the boy by giving him CPR but he died at the scene.

The mother was reportedly screaming as she called the ambulance service for help.

The dog, an American Staffordshire terrier that had been with the family for seven years, was removed from the home by the council and was euthanized on Monday, The Courier Mail reported.

A neighbor also revealed her 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Arrow, had been killed by the dog just four weeks earlier.

"Our dog had been dragged under the fence into the couple's property, its front legs had been shredded, he was our baby, we had him for six years, it was really distressing," she told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "The council ranger cried when she saw Arrow and sent me a card the next day saying she was sorry about what happened."

Brisbane Water Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson confirmed the second attack, telling reporters: "A neighbouring dog apparently got into the rear yard and was mauled by this dog, unfortunately. That was a separate incident but that will also form part of our investigation."

The Central Coast Council also confirmed that a report of the attack had been lodged against the dog last month, just days after the newborn returned home from hospital.

"The dog had a previous attack registered against it last month, which occurred in its own backyard," the spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au. "The family was undertaking a breed and temperament assessment at the request of Council."

Detective Superintendent Jobson described the incident as "a matter of tragic proportions" and said emergency crews who attended the scene were "no doubt shaken by the incident."

"Anything to do with children of any type, particularly of this nature, is absolutely traumatic," he added. "As a commander, it's not the type of call you want to receive in the middle of the night."

A report is set to be prepared for the coroner.

Newsweek has contacted New South Wales Police Force for comment.

American Staffordshire Terrier
File photo: An American Staffordshire Terrier seen being taken for a walk. A dog of the same breed mauled a five-week-old baby to death at a home in Australia on Sunday. JOHN MACDOUGALL/Getty Images