Update: Family dog who mauled 3-day-old baby euthanized

MIRA MESA (KUSI) — Wednesday — The dog responsible for the death of a 3-day-old Mira Mesa baby was euthanized Wednesday at the owner’s request.

Polo was taken to the Department of Animal Services by the owners early Wednesday morning. 

Tuesday — The name of the 3-day-old baby who was mauled by the family’s dog last week was released by authorities. 

Sebastian Caban’s parents told authorities they were watching television in bed with their newborn and their Great Dane-terrier mix at their Mira Mesa home Thursday night. The mother coughed, which startled the dog and prompted it to bite the infant’s head, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The couple attempted to call 9-1-1 twice, but were placed on hold both times.

"Multiple attempts to call 9-1-1 were made by the parents. However they were unable to get through so they drove the decedent to UCSD Thornton Hospital Emergency Department," according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

The county Department of Animal Services took custody of the 2-year-old dog, Polo. After a 10-day quarantine to determine if the dog it rabid, the dog will be euthanized unless the owners decide to reclaim him, DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa said. The dog has no prior history of being dangerously aggressive, DeSousa said. 

Monday — The 3-day-old baby who was mauled to death Thursday by the family dog, died from dog bite injuries to the head, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.

On Thursday, the infant was mauled by the family dog after the dog was startled awake when sleeping on the bed with the mother and the baby.

Multiple attempts to call 9-1-1 were made by the parents however they were unable to get through so they drove the baby boy to UCSD Thornton Hospital Emergency Department.

Upon arrival hospital staff attempted to resuscitate the infant, but they were unsuccessful and the death was announced.

4/22/2016 — A 3-day-old newborn baby was mauled and killed by a dog Thursday evening at approximately 8 p.m.

The Great Dane and Terrier mix responsible for the attack is currently under quarantine with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, according to Sgt. Tu Nguyen of the San Diego Police Department.

The incident occurred while the mother and father were watching television in bed, along with their infant and dog. The mother coughed and startled the dog, according to Sgt. Nguyen, triggering the attack. The parents of the baby transported the newborn to the hospital, but the infant was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The SDPD Child Abuse unit is currently investigating the incident. "Right now it appears to be a very tragic accident," Sgt. Nugyen said. 

The county Department of Animal Services took custody of the 2-year-old dog, a neutered male named Polo. The canine will undergo a 10-day quarantine to make sure he is not rabid, after which he will be euthanized unless his owners decide to reclaim him, DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa said.

The dog had no known prior history of dangerous aggressiveness, DeSousa said.

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