GREENVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 23-month-old child was killed in Hunt County Monday morning after being attacked by a dog, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly after 11:00 a.m. deputies responded to the 9900 block of Private Road 3820 in the Easy Living addition regarding a dog bite call.

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The first deputy on scene found an infant in the roadway “who had suffered major trauma as a result of a dog attack.”

The child was rushed by ambulance to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Quinlan, but the child did not survive.

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Preliminary information shows the child had gotten out of the enclosed yard without family members realizing it and went down the gravel road.

The dog, believed to be a pit bull, was in his yard which was enclosed by a four-foot chain link fence but was able to get out of the yard and attacked the infant in the roadway.

The dog was seized and is being held by a local animal control facility.

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“I am heartbroken over this whole matter and my thoughts and prayers are with the family tonight,” Sheriff Randy Meeks said.