Child, 6, killed in dog attack

From Mirror staff reports

A 6-year-old boy is dead after a dog attack in Lake­mont.

Rick Vaughan, a friend of the boy’s family who lives a few blocks away, said the boy died after the family dog attacked him just before 6 p.m. Thursday at a home on Gesser Avenue.

Vaughan spoke on behalf of the family and said the boy’s father was cutting grass, heard the mother screaming and rushed to find “the dog on the boy.”

Vaughan said the father “did what he had to” to get the dog off the child.

“It was already too late,” Vaughan said. Vaughan said he has known the boy’s father since they were young kids.

“His mother is taking it very, very hard,” the 32-year-old Vaughan said. “He passed away in her arms.”

The dog that mauled the boy is dead, and the family asked police to take a second dog.

Logan Township police remained at the home on Gesser Avenue late Thurs­day and have not released the boy’s name.

Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said the boy died of blunt-force trauma in the dog attack.

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