A vicious dog that mauled a baby to death after savaging another pet is set to be put down.
Emergency services arriving at the tragic scene pronounced a five-week-old boy dead at his Kariong home in News South Wales, Australia on Sunday morning.
The American Staffordshire terrier which launched the deadly attack has since been seized by the authorities.
Police were first to the property at about 2.20am when they performed first aid in a desperate attempt to revive the lifeless infant.
With his injuries proving too severe to be saved, district commander Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson described the situation as "a matter of tragic proportions," MailOnline reports.
No details of what sparked the attack or the exact wounds inflicted have been disclosed by police out of respect for the bereaved parents.
An ambulance took the boy's mum to hospital as she was overwhelmed with shock.
Shockingly the aggressive Staffy had mauled a neighbour's dog just four weeks earlier.
The Detective Superintendent said: "A neighbouring dog apparently got into the rear yard and was mauled by this dog, unfortunately.
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"That was a separate incident but that will also form part of our investigation."
The boy's parents have received treatment for shock and the police who attended the emergency, will receiving counselling and support after dealing with the aftermath of such a horrific incident.
Jobson said: "Our police did perform first-aid upon arrival. They did their best in the circumstances and they are no doubt shaken by the incident.
"Anything to do with children of any type, particularly of this nature, is absolutely traumatic," he continued as he explained that these are jobs "we don't want to go to, but unfortunately, they do happen from time to time."
The situation is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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