Baby Girl Mauled to Death by Her Family's Pit Bull in Tragic Accident


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Truly tragic news out of Nevada: A 6-month-old baby girl was mauled to death by her family's pit bull on Monday, in a shocking incident that could have happened to any family. Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee was playing in her walker when the dog attacked her. Her mother, Layla Tsuda, was in the bathroom at the time and was able to stop the dog, but it was unfortunately too late: After being rushed to the hospital, little Kamiko was pronounced dead from major injuries.

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The dog, who has since been put down, was reportedly part of the family for nine years and had no history of biting anyone. The family has been left "blindsided," as one would expect.

"There are no words to explain my pain," Layla Tsuda told KTNV, while the baby's grandfather Ryan Tsuda told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the family was "heartbroken."

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As a mom, I can't begin to imagine the sorrow this baby's family is experiencing right now. To lose a child in any manner is every parent's worst nightmare, but to lose a baby in such a violent and unexpected way is incomprehensibly horrible. Of course, people are already attacking these poor parents as the cause of their child's death because they left the baby alone with a pit bull -- but why should this mom have suspected her beloved family pet of almost a decade would suddenly attack her child, especially when the pet had never done anything like that before? And it's not like she left the baby alone with the dog for a long time -- she just went to the bathroom. This is hardly "neglect," as one commenter said. This was a terrible, terrible accident.

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Unfortunately, accidents like these can happen so unbelievably fast. When my son was 8, he was also attacked by a dog. We were at a friend's house and we knew the dog, who was also used to being around kids. So I thought nothing of leaving my son in the same room with the dog when I, like the mom in this story, went to the bathroom. Not 30 seconds later, my son's face was covered in blood and had huge gashes. He could have lost an eye.

Thankfully, he's fine (three years later, you can barely see the scars from his stitches). But it was one of the scariest moments of my life, and all my son did was reach out to pet a dog he had already played with many times. A dog who lived with three active boys. It's something we don't like to think about, but when it comes to kids and animals, anything can happen. In the blink of an eye.

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"It's an absolute true tragedy," Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield reportedly said at the scene. "Regardless of how trusting you are of animals you have to make sure you are supervising. You have a family that's going to be grieving for today and the rest of their lives."

So true. Kamiko's organs have been donated, and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. You can donate here.

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