Two pit bulls kill 3-year-old in Holmes County

other_state_newsLEXINGTON (AP) – Holmes County deputies are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was reportedly attacked by two pit bulls at his home in the Thornton community.

Sheriff Willie March says Christopher Malone was playing behind a mobile home in the Thornton community Monday near a pen where the two dogs were allegedly locked up. March says the dogs managed to get and attacked the boy. The boy died at the scene.

March says the boy’s mother was treated for injuries she suffered when she tried to get the dogs off the child.

He says the dogs were taken away by animal control officers.

Thornton is about 10 miles southwest of Tchula and 16 miles west of Lexington, the county seat.