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A 6-year-old boy has died as a result of an attack by the family dog.
Family friend Rick Vaughan said that the boy died after the pit bull attacked him on May 24. Vaughan told Altoona Mirror that the boy's father was cutting grass at the time, but rushed inside after the mother screamed. He then saw "the dog on the boy."
“It was already too late,” Vaughan said, referring to the father's efforts to free his boy from the dog, via the Mirror.
The dog that mauled the boy is now dead, although reports did not specify when or how it died. The family also gave their other dog to police after the tragedy.
“His mother is taking it very, very hard,” the 32-year-old Vaughan said, via the Mirror. “He passed away in her arms.”
The Blair County Coroner said the boy died of blunt-force trauma. The police are still investigating, according to WTAJ. Counselors were called in to assist students and staff at Baker Elementary School, the school the boy attended.