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Kentucky infant died of suffocation, blood loss in dog attack

Jan. 20, 2008 @ 08:50 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-week-old baby in Lexington died of suffocation and blood loss after being attacked by a family dog.

Witnesses told police that the baby, identified as Justin Mozer, was sleeping in a bedroom Friday afternoon when a Jack Russell terrier attacked him.

An autopsy was done Saturday on the infant's body, and the Fayette County coroner's office says it showed that he died of traumatic asphyxia, or suffocation, and blood loss due to the attack.

Police said the mother was bathing another child while the baby was sleeping in the same room as the dog, WKYT-TV in Lexington reported.

The coroner's office says the baby was found unresponsive after the attack. The baby was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner's office says the death is being investigated as accidental.