MORE A look at some St. Louis workers who have been hired or promoted in recent weeks. RECENT Toddler in critical condition after attack by family dog in St. Charles County Saved A 22-month-old girl who lives at this home on Essex Drive in St. Charles is in critical condition after being attacked by the family dog Thursday night. Enlarge Photo ST. CHARLES COUNTY A 22-month-old girl is in critical condition after she was attacked Thursday night by the family dog, an 80-pound pitbull mix, police said. Police did not identify the victim or her family, but said they live in the 2800 block of Essex Street in the St. Charles Hills neighborhood. The attack happened about 6:45 p.m. when the child’s grandmother was watching the girl and her two brothers, ages 5 and 8. Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, gave this account: The girl’s grandmother, 58, had just finished feeding her and placed her on the ground, when the family dog, which is usually kept locked in a back bedroom, came into the room. It is unclear how the dog got out. The dog began attacking the girl, biting her in the neck, face, back and stomach. The grandmother tried to pry the dog’s mouth off the child, and in the process, the dog bit her hands, and she lost tips of two fingers on each hand. The grandmother yelled for the boys to go get help, and they ran to a neighbor’s house. Neighbor Jonathan Banta, 25, returned with a steak knife and stabbed the dog several times in the side, until it let go. The dog, 10, was later euthanized. The girl was transported to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Because of the weather, the girl was transported by ambulance, but a full medical staff, including a surgeon, was in the ambulance.
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