A Hampton woman died Monday of wounds she suffered when her family’s pit bull attacked her on Sunday afternoon in the city’s Olde Wythe neighborhood.
Morgan Crayton, 31, was outside with several dogs in the backyard of the family’s home in the 100 block of Powhatan Parkway, a few houses from Kecoughtan Road, police said.
But just before 5:15 p.m., neighbors said, the pit bull lunged at her throat and wouldn’t let go. Relatives and neighbors heard Crayton’s screams and ran to help, and the dog finally released its grasp, said Tiffany Thomas, 38, a neighbor across the street on Powhatan Parkway.Thomas — who did not witness the incident but spoke with one of the neighbors who ran to help — said she was told the woman had bled heavily and was unconscious after the mauling.
“I just prayed because I didn’t know what else to do,” Thomas said.After saying earlier in the day that her wounds were still life threatening, Hampton police spokesman Sgt. Reggie Williams sent out a news release just after 5:30 p.m. Monday to say that Crayton had died.
Police said that one of Crayton’s relatives, a 68-year-old woman, was also bitten as she tried to help. But the wound to her arm was not considered life-threatening.
The 92-pound male pit bull was taken by Hampton Animal Control and is quarantined at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter in Newport News, Williams said. After a 10-day observation period requested by the Health Department, he said, the dog will be euthanized.
Thomas’ husband, George Thomas, 46, said he didn’t know the pit bull’s name, but said he was white and silver and had lived at the home for about nine months. Police said the dog is at least two years old.
The 31-year-old woman lives in the home with other relatives, neighbors said. Thomas said the family is friendly, and that he helped the victim jump start her car a few weeks ago. No one answered the door at the home Monday afternoon, though several dogs could be heard barking inside at the sound of the doorbell. A sign on the backyard fence references the presence of guard dogs.