Police say girl killed in Australian home by dog

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Posted: Aug 17, 2011 10:51 PM
Police say girl killed in Australian home by dog

Australian police say a 4-year-old girl has been killed inside her suburban Melbourne home by a neighbor's escaped dog.

Police Supt. Graham Kent says the pitbull cross entered the home where Ayen Chol was watching TV with other children on Wednesday evening and attacked. A 5-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman were also injured. Chol died at the scene.

Chol's cousin Daniel Atem says the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside.

Atem says the dog then attacked the 5-year-old. As Chol's mother intervened it turned on Chol, who was clinging to her mother's leg.

Kent says the dog will be destroyed and charges are being considered against its owner.

Chol was a Sudanese refugee.