by: WSBTV.com web staff Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police remained at the scene of a home in south Fulton County Wednesday night where they said a toddler was mauled to death by the family's pit bull.
The attack happened at about 1 p.m. on Sierra Trail.
Neighbors told Channel 2's Craig Lucie they saw the dog every day. Channel 2's cameras were just feet away when an ambulance backed up to the home to treat the 2-year-old's mother since she was so distraught over what happened.
News Chopper 2 flew overhead as first responders rushed to the home to try and treat the boy, but it was too late.
When the boy's father arrived at the home, officers would not allow him in the house and he lost control, eventually forcing police to shock him with a Taser, police said.
The mother became so distraught, an ambulance was called to render aid.
A detective told Lucie those responders told their colleagues to avoid going inside the house because it was too gruesome.
"They were rattled when they came out from what they saw. Tears. Some in tears," Detective Melissa Parker of the Fulton County Police said.
When Lucie and his photographer pulled up to the home, they saw family members hugging each other in front of the town house where detectives processed the scene.
"Clearly she is distraught," Parker said. "The mother had gone to the restroom. Her 2-year-old son was clearly deceased."
Channel 2's Tom Jones talked with neighbor Joseph Messam, who said he ran over to the home after hearing the child's mother screaming.
"(She) said, 'The dog attacked the baby. The dog killed the baby.' That's what I heard her say," Messam said.
Police said the dog was left in the home until police were able to get the situation under control.
Messam told Jones he used to see that father with the animal all the time.
"The dad used to walk the dog every night," Messam said.
Channel 2's cameras were there when animal services crews removed the dog from the home.
"The animal is now being transported to the animal shelter where it will be impounded, where we do an assessment of the animal to determine if the animal has had all shots," said Oliver Delk with Fulton County Animal Services.
Animal control said they have never been called to the home and charges would most likely not be filed. They said this is just an awful family tragedy.