Jasper police: 5-year-old girl in critical but stable condition after dog attack

The victim's neighbor described the 5-year-old girl sustained in the dog attack Friday, August 23, 2013. (

Jasper police say the little girl viciously attacked by a dog Friday night is in critical but stable condition today at Children's of Alabama.

According to a statement from Chief Connie Rowe, the 5-year-old girl was attacked by what "resembled" a pit bull while she played with another child near her home on Preston Avenue. A neighbor rescued the victim, freeing her from the dog.

"She was pretty much lifeless," Leconyea Duncan, a neighbor of the victim, told ABC 33/40 at the scene. "She had a severe head wound at the top of her head."

The child was airlifted to the hospital around 8 p.m. and she underwent surgery overnight to close the wound to her head, Rowe said.

The dog, which the owner has described as a pit bull with all of its proper shots and vaccinations, has been quarantined. Its owner is cooperating with the authorities as they continue to investigate.

We will provide updates as more information is made available.



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