A 2-month-old baby girl is dead after San Marcos police say the family dog, German Shepherd, bit her numerous times.
San Marcos police and EMS were called to Sagewood Trail around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for reports of an unresponsive child, identified as Skylar Dean Julius, with animal bites, allegedly done by the family dog.
The baby’s father, who is in his 30s, told investigators he fell asleep while the child was napping in the same room in an infant bouncer. The baby’s mother was at work. When he woke up about 20 minutes later, he found the baby “unresponsive and cold to the touch.”
When he called 911, dispatchers coached the father how to perform CPR on the child. Police say the baby, who was found on the floor, had “numerous” bite marks, mainly on the abdomen. Julius was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m.
Animal Control impounded the family’s German Shepherd, which had been the family’s pet for more than eight years.
Animal Control says the dog was submissive when they approached it.
The dog will be impounded for at least 10 days before authorities determine whether or not the dog will be euthanized.
“As you can imagine the family is very traumatized and upset, they’ve suffered two losses. First their infant daughter and also their family pet,” said Cmdr. Kelly Earnest with San Marcos police.
Cmdr. Earnest said she was not able to comment if any charges will be filed. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol used by the father.
San Marcos police have not been called to the house before and say there was only one child in the home. The father said the dog was always good with the child and had no history of being aggressive.
Child Protective Services is investigating.
Multiple people commenting on the news report have questioned the facts of the father’s story – especially the length of time he claimed to be asleep (20 minutes) and why he would not have heard the baby’s screams.