A 3-day-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog while he and the animal were in bed with the child's parents, police have said.
The parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and dog around 8pm Thursday night in San Diego's Mira Mesa neighborhood when the mother coughed.
The coughing startled the dog and it unexpectedly bit the baby.
He said the parents pulled the animal off and took their only child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
'At this time, we're looking at this as nothing more than a tragic incident,' said the Police.
Animal control officers have taken the 2-year-old dog, a neutered male American Staffordshire terrier-mix named Polo, into custody. The dog will be held in quarantine for 10 days to determine whether it has rabies.
It will be up to the owners to decide whether to reclaim the dog or not. Such a tragic incident.