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9-month-old mauled by dog in Ellenwood

A 9-month-old girl was severely mauled by a pitbull-mix, on Friday afternoon, according to Officer Otis Willis, III, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department.

The incident occurred at 2547 Brookgate Crossing, Ellenwood, in Clayton County, at 12:35 p.m., said Willis.

The infant was harshly bitten by the dog above her hips, thighs, groin and buttocks, the officer added.

Willis said an emergency helicopter was supposed to transport the infant to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, in Atlanta, but Clayton County Fire and Rescue paramedics performed their duties quickly, and transported her themselves.

Willis said the girl was in extremely critical condition.

The infant was visiting her great uncle, Bryant Sidney, the dog's owner, at the time of the incident, he said.

Sidney, 44, was given three citations in relation to the incident, said Willis.

The dog was found with no food or water, and it appears it had not been properly fed, police said.

-- Maria-Jose Subiria