KILLEEN (March 1, 2014) A 2-year-old boy was killed and an 8-year-old girl was injured Saturday afternoon when a group of children walking home from a neighborhood playground was attacked by a bull mastiff.
The dog ran out from the garage of the home at around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 4100 block of Pennington Avenuein Killeen and first attacked the girl.
An 18-year-old boy who was walking with the younger children was able to get the dog off the girl, but the animal immediately turned on the small boy, grabbed him and dragged him down the road, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
Officers were told while en route that the children had been hurt and asked the dispatcher to send an ambulance to the scene.
Both children immediately were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center but the injuries suffered by the 2-year-old were so severe doctors could not save him.
The girl was reported in stable condition Saturday night.
Names of the children were withheld.
Witnesses said someone in the neighborhood fired shots at the dog and the noise from the gunshots caused the dog to drop the boy, after which the dog ran back to the garage from which it had come, Smith said.
Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the child dead and ordered his body taken to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.
It was not immediately clear if the three children were related.
Killeen animal control officers took custody of the dog and it will remain impounded until the investigation is complete, Smith said.
It was the second deadly dog attack in Central Texas in less than two weeks.
On Feb. 17, 2-year-old Je'vaeh Mayes of Temple died at Scott & White Hospital after a pit bull her family was watching for a friend attacked her in the backyard of her home after she slipped out of the house without her parents' knowledge.