MOUNT VERNON — An Mount Vernon infant was taken to the hospital for a dog bite to her face this morning.
The child, reported as less than a year old, was bitten in the face at a 10 block South Jackson Street residence. A member of the household, Corey Woods, said the victim was his infant sister.
The child was taken to Knox Community Hospital by the Mount Vernon EMS squad and her condition is unknown, as of press time.
Police and EMS were dispatched to the residence at 9:49 a.m. A Knox County 911 dispatcher paging the call said CPR was in progress on the infant.
A dog was taken from the house unrestrained after a Knox County Dog Warden officer arrived. A man at the scene picked up the dog and loaded it into a cage in the back of the dog warden’s truck.
Woods had blood on his hand and foot and had dog fur on his face.
“I ripped that dog off of her face,” Woods, who spoke briefly with the News, said. “I thought it was attacking the cat at first. That dog isn’t even supposed to be here.”
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3:30 p.m. The child was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Hospital staff didn’t have consent to release information on the child’s condition.