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Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911

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Published: Apr. 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM PDT
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Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves.

Police Lt. Scott Wahl tells KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds before hanging up their first call, then tried again and waited 34 seconds before giving up.

Police say the family has their condolences and they too are frustrated by slow 911 response times. They say their operators are understaffed and that 73 calls came in during the half-hour span when the parents called.

Police say the couple was in bed with the baby Thursday night when the dog was startled and attacked the baby. The child was declared dead at the hospital.

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Police say a 3-day-old boy was fatally mauled by a pet dog as his parents watched helplessly in their San Diego home.

Sgt. Tu Nguyen said the parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and pit bull-mix Thursday night when the mother coughed, startling the dog.

Nguyen said the dog reacted by biting the baby, resulting in a traumatic injury. He said the parents pulled the animal off and took their only child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is under way to determine the cause of death.

Nguyen, a sergeant in the child abuse unit, says the baby's death appears to be "nothing more than a tragic accident."

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports animal control officers took the 2-year-old dog into custody.

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