HAMPTON, Va. - Police in Hampton are conducting a death investigation in the first block of Scotland Road.
Around 3:15 a.m., on Monday Hampton Public Safety Communications received a call of a vicious dog that had killed an infant in the first block of Scotland Road. Prior to the officer's arrival, the dog had been euthanized by a firearm by it's owner, according to police.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found an infant, under the age of one, that had sustained injuries consistent with a dog attack. The deceased dog was located in the backyard.
The infant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue personnel. Animal Control was notified and have taken possession of the deceased dog, an 8-year-old mixed-breed German Shepherd.
Police said their preliminary investigation revealed that the infants' parents were sleeping when they were awakened by a large amount of motion. Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the infant was sleeping next to the bed when the incident took place. The child’s father saw the extensive injuries to the child and immediately euthanized the canine.
The family states that the canine had not been previously aggressive and are fully cooperating with the investigation.
There is no further information at this time.