Baltimore County Police say a 2-year-old boy received "serious injuries to the upper body" from a pit bull attack on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said that at about 4:26 p.m., officers and fire personnel were called to a home in the unit block of Barnacle Court in Essex, and arrived to find the boy with the injuries.
Police said the boy was in the home when the family pet, a 3-year-old brown pit bull named Midnight, attacked him. During the struggle to get the dog off of the child, family members killed the dog, police said
The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the family told them they've had the dog since it was a puppy and there had been no previous incidents.