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Dog that killed 6-year-old Calif. boy euthanized

Posted: June 19, 2013 4:00 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2013 4:00 p.m.

UNION CITY, Calif. (AP) — A pit bull mix that bit and killed a six-year-old boy in Northern California has been euthanized.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the dog was put down Tuesday ( ).

Police said the dog bit Nephi Selu of Dixon on top of his head Monday morning at his grandparents' home in Union City.

Emergency crews took Nephi to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. He was declared dead about 4½ hours after he was bitten.

The dog's owner was a San Mateo police officer and the boy's uncle. He believed the boy's injuries were not serious and went to work before learning the boy died.

The Mercury News reports that no charges have been filed in the case yet. Police are waiting for results of a coroner's report.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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