Southwest Michigan girl killed by dog was giving it a treat

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SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Neighbors say a 4-year-old girl who was killed by a dog at a home in southwestern Michigan was giving the animal a treat when it attacked.

The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department identified the girl as Kiyana McNeal and told radio station WTVB that Kiyana’s mother had just acquired the dog before the attack Sunday.

The department says the mother tried to protect her daughter when the Doberman or Doberman mix attacked. The mother had injuries to her head and hands and WOOD-TV reports she’s been released from the hospital.

Neighbor Becky Davis says Kiyana’s mother and the man who previously owned the dog attempted CPR on the child.

The dog was taken by animal control. The attack is under investigation.

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