JESSIEVILLE, Ark. -- A family that lost its home to the tornado that hit Moore, Okla. is dealing with another tragedy.
The family members are mourning the death of a 5-year-old who was killed by a dog while the child was staying with friends in Arkansas.
Garland County deputies say it was around noon Sunday at a home off Highway 298 near Jessieville when the 5-year-old was attacked by a bullmastiff estimated to be between 150 and 170 pounds.
Deputies say the child was putting on shoes while he was upset and crying. The dog possibly thought the child was being aggressive and attacked.
The dog’s owner, a 50-year-old woman, says she tried to pull the dog away from the boy. By the time she was able to get the two separated, the boy had “major lacerations” to the neck and head, deputies said.
The child was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died.
The 5-year-old and his 2-year-old sister had been staying with the family friends for about two weeks while their parents were working to rebuild after losing their home to the tornado.
It was not clear if the dog’s owner is expected to face any charges.
Drew Petrimoulx reports in the video above.