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Eight-month-old fatally mauled by pit bull at family home ID'd

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities released the name today of an infant killed by a pit bull last week at his East County home.

The terrier attacked 8-month-old Tyzhel Latella McWilliams at an apartment in the 3500 block of West Street in Lemon Grove shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

Deputies and paramedics arrived to find a woman holding the gravely injured baby, who was pronounced dead about an hour later at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Animal control officers took custody of three male pit bulls that lived at the residence, the lieutenant said. Detectives have determined that only one of the animals attacked the boy, according to Nesbit. That dog was euthanized Tuesday morning.

Since the other two terriers were not involved in the fatality and have no known history of vicious behavior, they were released back to their owner, said Anne Steinberger, communications manager for the city of Chula Vista, which provides animal-control services to Lemon Grove.

There have been no arrests in connection with the child's death, Nesbit said.

"This case will ultimately be submitted to the district attorney for review," he said.

It could take sheriff's detectives weeks or even months to complete their investigation, according to Nesbit.

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