D.A. to review case of girl killed by dog outside Pittsburgh

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — A district attorney will review the case of a 2-year-old girl who was fatally mauled by a dog outside Pittsburgh Sunday night.

Allegheny County police and the Medical Examiner's Office say the dog attacked Tay’lynn DeVaughn inside a home on Fleetwood Street in West Mifflin around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

“I came out of the kitchen and the dog dropped the baby. His name was Jake and my baby was gone,” said Cory DeVaughn.

DeVaughn told Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic that a pit bull mix owned by the boyfriend of the toddler’s aunt attacked his daughter.

DeVaughn quickly called 911, but there wasn’t much medics could do. The girl was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

DeVaughn said they were visiting his sister when the attack happened. He said Sunday was the second time his daughter had been around the dog.

“He seemed like a nice, good dog. I pet him. He played with her and licked her face,” said DeVaughn.

He said he doesn’t blame the owners, and that everyone is hurting right now.

“We know deep down inside, she’s looking down on us,” DeVaughn said. “She has a lot of people that love her a lot. People all over love my baby.”

The dog is being quarantined for at least 10 days. It isn't immediately clear what will happen after that.

County Lt. Andrew Schurman said a district attorney will determine whether charges are warranted.

DeVaughn told Channel 11 that he hopes the dog is put down.

“Some man came and took the dog. I hope they kill the dog. That's what I hope. He killed my baby, so I just hope it happens to him, too,” said DeVaughn.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.