Parents’ frantic 911 calls went unanswered after dog attacked baby


Polo, a 2-year-old neutered Great Dane-terrier mix, attacked and killed his owners’ 3-day-old baby.

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SAN DIEGO – The frantic parents of a 3-day-old baby called 911 twice after the infant was attacked by the family dog in their Mira Mesa home, but both times they were place on hold, according to authorities.

“Multiple attempts to call 911 were made by the parents. However they were unable to get through so they drove the decedent to UCSD Thornton Hospital Emergency Department,” according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.

Authorities said Tuesday the baby’s name is Sebastian Caban. His parents told investigators they were watching television in bed with the newborn and their American Staffordshire Terrier mix at their Flanders Drive residence Thursday night. The mother coughed, which startled the dog and prompted it to bite the infant’s head, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

The county Department of Animal Services took custody of the 2-year-old dog, a neutered male named Polo. The canine will undergo a 10-day quarantine to make sure he is not rabid, after which he will be euthanized unless his owners decide to reclaim him, DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa said.

The dog had no history of being dangerously aggressive, DeSousa said.

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