9-Year-Old Girl Attacked By Family's Pit Bull Dies
Police: Dog Grabbed Girl By Throat As She Let It Outside
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A 9-year-old Howard County girl critically injured by a pit bull over the weekend died at an Indianapolis hospital on Thursday, police said.The attack happened in the 4600 block of East County Road 200 South on Saturday, said Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert.The girl, Savannah Gragg, underwent surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, but died Thursday afternoon.Police said that Savannah was opening a door at the home to let the dog outside when it jumped on her and knocked her to the floor, biting her on the neck and shaking her violently."The child suffered a lacerated trachea, which resulted in a lack of oxygen to the brain," Talbert said in a news release Thursday evening. "Doctors determined the child was brain dead shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday."Family members told police that the dog had never shown aggression before.The pit bull was quarantined at a nearby animal hospital and will likely be put down.Savannah would have been a fourth-grader at Taylor Intermediate School in Kokomo this fall.