Family dog kills infant in San Marcos

A two-month old child was killed Tuesday at her home in San Marcos. The City of San Marcos said she was killed by the family dog while she was napping in an infant bouncer.

The German Shepherd has been impounded by San Marcos animal control officers.

According to a press release from the City of San Marcos, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and San Marcos Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Sagewood for a report of a two-month-old who was unresponsive and had suffered numerous animal bites.

The baby was transported to Central Texas Medical Center and was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday.

SMPD, with assistance of Child Protective Services, began an investigation. The baby’s father told investigators that he fell asleep when the child was napping in the bouncer. He woke up about 20 minutes later to find the baby unresponsive and cold to the touch with obvious injury.

Animal control said the dog was submissive when approached by investigators and will be impounded for at least 10 days, after which a determination will be made on whether it will be euthanized. The dog was a pet that had been with the family for more than eight years.

Officials say this is an active investigation and police are waiting for autopsy results from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin.