UPDATE: NOW THE DOGS ARE AN AMERICAN BULLDOG AND A PIT BULL ....OOPS, I MEAN AN AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER.
UPDATE: THIS ARTICLE SAYS THE DOGS ARE PIT BULLS.
CHARDON, Ohio -- The Chardon Fire Department and EMS were called out to a home Monday evening on a report of a 9-month-old baby being attacked by dogs.
The incident happened in the 100 block of Court Street Monday evening just before a 911 call was made at 8:30 p.m.
According to the 911 call, the baby had sustained multiple cuts after getting in between dogs.
The baby is listed in serious condition at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the Chardon Police Chief said:
THE BABY'S MOTHER'S BOYFRIEND WAS VISITING WITH HIS DOG AND THAT THE MOTHER HAD A DOG TOO. THE BABY WAS ON THE FLOOR WHEN THE TWO DOGS STARTED FIGHTING.
CHARDON, Ohio -- A 7-month-old baby who was caught in the middle of a dog fight was crying and bloody after the attack, according to a 911 recording released Tuesday by investigators.
The child suffered serious injuries following the Monday night attack, according to the Geauga County Sheriff's Office.
A woman walking by the Court Street house at about 8:30 p.m. Monday called for help.
"We were taking a walk by and she was screaming," the woman said. "She came out with the baby covered in blood.
"It looks like the baby's been cut really, really badly."
Around the same time, dispatchers got another call from a woman later identified as the baby's mother. Screaming and crying is heard in the background before the call disconnects.
The woman called back later and told the dispatcher that her baby was caught in the middle of a dog fight. A dog is heard barking in the background.
Rescue crews took the infant to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center before flying her to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.
The girl was in serious condition, with injuries to her torso and head, police said.
The child's current condition is not known.
Authorities have released few details on the incident, including the breed of the dogs.
The mother's boyfriend was also at the house, police said. It's not clear who owns the dogs.
At 8:34 p.m., the Chardon Fire Department received a report of the incident and arrived on the scene one minute later, said Chardon Fire Chief Larry Gaspar.
Chardon Police Chief Scott Niehus said the mother of the baby ran outside and told neighbors to call 911 when the incident occurred. The 911 call came from a cell phone to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center, which then dispatched Chardon Police and Fire to the scene.
In a 911 call released by police, the caller said she was walking by when the screaming woman “came out with the baby and covered in blood.”
She added that the baby was alive.
In a separate 911 call, a male tells a dispatcher that “there was a dog fight and my baby was in the middle of it.”
The fire department arrived on the scene first, began treatment and separated the dogs before police arrived. The dogs are believed to be family pets, Niehus said.
The infant was taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, where a medical helicopter then transferred her to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland with “severe” injuries, Gaspar said.
The baby’s mother and another adult male who was present at the time of the attack followed the infant to the hospital. Niehus said he was unsure of the man’s relation to the woman or the infant.
The attack occurred somewhere in the family’s home, but the exact circumstances were still unclear as of the afternoon of July 14. Both chiefs also did not yet know what type of dogs were involved.