Police: Pit bull mauls 2-month-old child, mother

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Police say a 2-month-old boy and his mother were mauled by a pit bull Thursday in Elmont.

Myrlande Alouidor says she was just down the block from a home on 117th Avenue around noon when she heard a scream. It was her friend, crying for her 2-month-old son. Nassau County police say the mother and her child were both mauled by a pit bull as they tried to visit a neighbor.

Detective Lt. Richard LeBrun says one of the two pit bulls, a 4-year-old, quickly went on the attack, causing serious lacerations to the mother's legs. He says the dog also bit the child, causing serious wounds to the face and cranium.

The infant underwent surgery Thursday night. Newsday says the baby is in the hospital in critical condition.

Police say the victims live in the same house as the owner of the pit bulls, but in a separate apartment.

LeBrun says police are working to determine if the pit bulls have a history of violence.

Police say the two dogs were removed from the scene and are now with the Hempstead animal control unit.

No arrests have been made at this point.

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