An infant girl is in critical after she was mauled by a family dog Tuesday afternoon.
Tempe Police Department Public Information Officer Michael Pooley said the incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. on the 7200 block of South Hazelton in Tempe. According to a press release, the 9-month-old sustained severe head injuries from the family’s 8-year-old akita after being left alone for a brief period of time. The mother immediately attempted to drive to the children’s hospital when she discovered the infant bleeding from the head
The mother collided with another vehicle in the intersection of Dobson Road and Guadalupe Road in Mesa while driving to the hospital, which disabled her vehicle.
The mother then exited the vehicle and waved down another vehicle that had stopped to rush her to the hospital.
The driver took the mother and injured child to Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, where the mother got out with the child and waved another vehicle down. The mother then got into that vehicle that transported them to the pediatric emergency room entrance where the child was admitted and treated for head injuries.
Pooley said the mother did not sustain any injuries during the car accident, and Tempe detectives are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Tempe Police Department at (480) 350-8311.