A seven-year-old boy was killed Saturday night on Oct. 21, after being attacked by pit bulls in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Lowell Police responded to a report of an injured child at a residence on Clare Street, around 6 p.m. Saturday, 7NewsBoston reported.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s office said that a preliminary investigation into the incident suggests the child entered a fenced-in area where two pit bulls were located, before he was attacked.
Reports said a witness allegedly tried to fight off the two dogs, but they did not stop the attack, 7NewsBoston reported.
Lowell police said they found the child already dead when they arrived at the scene, according to the Boston Globe.
After the attack, one of the pit bulls escaped the fenced area but was later captured and euthanised, the district attorney’s office said. The other pit bull is now in the custody of animal control officials.
As of writing on Sunday Oct. 22, no charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation by the district attorney’s office, Lowell police, and state police.
After the incident a neighbor said he saw the boy’s mother and that she is still “trying to wake up from this nightmare,” according to 7NewsBoston.
Authorities have not yet revealed the boy’s identity.
State police also assisted in responding to the scene, Spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail on Saturday night, the Boston Globe reported.
A video showing the scene of the attack can be seen below.