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Newborn mauled to death by family pit bull

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Brody, the dog that was euthanized by Burleson Animal Control Brody, the dog that was euthanized by Burleson Animal Control
Rayden Bruce at 6 weeks old, from a family member's Facebook page Rayden Bruce at 6 weeks old, from a family member's Facebook page

A newborn boy died Monday night after being mauled by the family pit bull while police were outside at the home.

Three-month-old Rayden Bruce died just before 8:30 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

Monday night, Burleson officers responded to a 911 hangup call that operators traced to the 200 block of Linda Dr. 

There, police found a family disturbance in progress.

Cmdr. Cindy Aaron says the baby's father, Barnett Bruce, began arguing with the child's mother, Jessica Oxner, shortly after Oxner brought the child over.

Police said Oxner had moved out with the baby just days before.

Bruce's father, Richard Douglas, was holding the infant while the parents argued, according to Cmdr. Aaron.

When police arrived, one officer took the mother's statement outside while the baby's father wrote down his version of events inside the house.

Cmdr. Aaron says the baby had fallen asleep in the grandfather's arms, so he went to put the sleeping baby on the bed and came back to talk to his son.

A short while later, the grandfather heard noises from the bedroom and went to investigate. That's when he found the dog, named Brody, had attacked the child.

The baby's father grabbed the child and ran outside, and police called paramedics, Aaron said.

The baby was rushed to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, but later died.

Burleson Animal Control officers quarantined and euthanized the animal at a city facility on Tuesday.

Animal control officials confirm they had custody of Brody the dog at least twice before: once, when the animal got loose and was picked up, and once in 2011 when the dog bit someone on the ankle while on a leash.

Animal officers investigated the biting case, and ruled the dog was not aggressive.

Police are still investigating to see if any charges will be filed.

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