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Houma Child Dies In Pit Bull Attack

Houma Child Dies In Pit Bull Attack

Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis says a 2-year-old large male pit bull named "Niko" fatally attacked a 4-year-old girl who was watching television and injured her mother when the 27-year-old woman pulled her daughter away.

He says Megan Touchet barricaded herself and her daughter into a bedroom Tuesday evening, called 911 and handed her child out a second-floor apartment window to a rescue worker on a balcony.

The girl, Mia Derouen, died at a hospital. Touchet was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

He says officers answered a neighbor's call about a disturbance about 7 p.m. Tuesday. They found Touchet in her bedroom and the 130 pound dog still aggressive. They shot the dog 10 or more times after Niko tried to attack the officers.

Duplantis called the dog a "monster" and says counseling will be made available for the responding officers because the scene was "horrific".

The pit bull was one of two belonging to Touchet. Duplantis says the second pit bull, a female, was not aggressive and was not shot. Animal Control thinks she may be in heat.

Fox 8's Carolyn Scofield reports the apartment complex does not allow vicious breeds and the dog should not have been there in the first place.

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