By CBS 17 Digital Desk | May 26, 2021 at 9:45 AM EDT – Updated May 26 at 10:06 AM
WILLOW SPRING, N.C. (WNCN) – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said it is their “unfortunate duty” Wednesday morning to release more information on a dog attack that killed a 10-month-old girl.
Responding deputies found Scott Winberry trying to save his 10-month-old daughter, Malia Scott Winberry, after she had been attacked by the family’s Rottweilers.
Deputies began to help Scott Winberry until EMS arrived but Malia died from her injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
Animal Control took custody of the dogs.
“Investigators arrived on scene and quickly determined this incident was a tragic accident,” Capt. Jeff Caldwell with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.
Scott Winberry said he had stepped outside of his home and heard a commotion inside. He went back into the home and found the dogs attacking Malia, the sheriff’s office said.
“Or (sic) thoughts and prayers go out to Scott Winberry and Bianca Patel for the tragic loss of their 10 month old daughter, Malia Scott Winberry,” Caldwell said.
This is the second fatal dog attack involving a child in the area in the last month.
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