A grieving father has spoken of his heartbreak after his nine-year-old daughter was mauled to death by three pit bulls as she rode her bike in an alleyway near her home.
Police in Detroit said the three dogs got free from a garden before attacking Emma Hernandez, who later died at a hospital despite the efforts of neighbours and her own father to save her.
The dogs’ owner has since been taken into custody but no charges have been filed, even though police have issued a warrant to prosecutors.
Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, spoke of the moment he tried to resuscitate his daughter.
He told WWJ-AM: “I tried my best. I tried CPR. I tried helping her. I did everything I could in my power… she was gone when I reached her.”
One of the dogs was shot dead by a bystander while paramedics tried to save the girl at the scene. The other two animals were captured after neighbours hurled bricks at them to try and stop the attack.
Edward Cruz, who threw a brick after hearing the youngster’s screams, told The Detroit News he “had to step in” as the dogs “were not stopping”.
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SOURCE: Sky News