One-year-old girl attacked, killed by family dog in North Carolina

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WVLT) -- A one-year-old girl has died after being attacked by her family's dog, according to a sheriff's office in North Carolina.

According to WFMY, the attacked occurred in Edgecombe County on Oct. 22. Deputies received a call from the home regarding a dog actively attacking a child.

The sheriff's office said the 6-year-old dog was "slinging the child around in its mouth."

On Monday, officials confirmed one-year-old Triniti Harrell died from injuries sustained in the attack.

"We ask for continued prayers for her family and the first responders who were involved," the sheriff's office said in a release.

The one-year-old girl's mother told authorities she tried to stab the dog, but it did not work.

A deputy who arrived on scene as the attack was happening shot the dog twice, killing it, Sheriff Clee Atkinson said.

"He's definitely a hero, because in law enforcement, sometimes that 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 seconds is life or death," Atkinson said. "He saw at that point, and it was a tough shot. We've discussed this and some officers wouldn't have been able to make this shot."

First responders on scene "performed emergency first aid on the child to try to stabilize her as she was clinging to life at this point," the sheriff's office said.

She was transported first to a local hospital, then Vidant Pitt and finally to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill were she later died, according to WFMY.

According to the sheriff's office, the dog involved was a pit bull-mix.