Sheriff Kenneth Lewis said a pit bull bit the top of the child's head, and the dog's mouth had to be pried open to free the child. (Source: Simpson County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Michael Bishop)
MAGEE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A 2-year-old boy was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center after being attacked by a dog.
Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis said a pit bull bit the top of the child's head.
The attack happened just before noon Sunday at 229 Hosey Rd., in Magee. The child was taken to Magee Hospital and then airlifted to Jackson.
The child's mother, Melanie Summerlin, said she went to jump off a woman's vehicle at the residence when the dog attacked her son, James, when he went to play on a swing. Summerlin said she pried open the dog's mouth with her hands.
Summerlin said her son suffered severe lacerations to the head and his scalp was partially pulled back. He's had several hours of surgery.
The mother said the dog showed no signs of aggression and never growled or barked before the attack.
The dog's owner, Christy Ferguson, killed the dog, according to the sheriff. The sheriff's office will do testing on the dog.
Sheriff Lewis had previously misidentified the child's mother as Ashely Ferguson and said the boy was 3 years old.
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