Family dog attacks, kills baby and injures mother in New Jersey home: police

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AVENEL, New Jersey (WABC) -- A family dog killed a baby and seriously injured the child's mother in a New Jersey home, police said.

Authorities responded to the tragic scene Saturday morning at the home on Mereline Avenue in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township. They had received a 911 call at 6:17 a.m. about an unresponsive baby believed to have been attacked by the family pet.

Police arrived to find the mother and baby both suffering serious injuries from the dog.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene while the mother was transported to a hospital for treatment, where the father joined her.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Thomas Ratajczak of the Woodbridge Police Department at 732-634-7700, or Detective Michelle Coppola of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3477.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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