A five-week-old boy has been mauled to death by the family’s pet dog on the New South Wales Central Coast.
Emergency services responded to reports of a baby being attacked by a dog at a house in Kariong, west of Gosford, about 2:20am.
Officers and paramedics performed CPR on the five-week-old – whose parents were at home when the incident occurred – but could not revive him.
The dog, American Staffordshire terrier, which is owned by the family and was registered, was seized by the council and will be euthanised in the coming days.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances related to the death.
“Our thoughts are certainly with the parents, the family friends and also the first responders involved,” Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson said.
“This is a matter of tragic proportions and it is subject to investigation, and we will be making a report to the coroner.”