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FRESNO, Calif. — A 3-day-old girl was killed by family dogs in Fresno in what police are calling an “unfortunate accident.”

According to the Fresno Bee, the girl’s mother said she believed the two dogs were chained up in the back yard when the attack happened.

The 33-year-old mother, who has not been identified, said she left the baby on the couch and “walked away for a few seconds,” Sgt. Dan Macias, with Fresno police, told the Bee.

The mother said she left the door to the back yard open because it was hot and because she thought the dogs were chained up.

After the attack, the baby was taken to the hospital where she passed away.

The dogs are owned by the woman’s brother. He surrendered the animals to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Macias said charges have not been ruled out, but added, “At this point, we believe it was an unfortunate accident.”

The dogs will be euthanized, an SPCA spokesman told the Bee.