Baby A’myrikal Hull had just celebrated turning one when she tragically died after the family pet reportedly attacked her despite “never having snapped before”
A’myrikal Hull was killed by her family dog after getting close to its food bowl while it was eating, reports say.
She was “best friends” with the pup before the tragic incident in Illinois on Thursday, according to local station WICS.
The devastated family members have spoken of their shock after the sudden attack.
Cory Painter, the grandma of the baby’s brother, said the animal had “never snapped” before the sudden attack.
The dog reportedly bit “beautiful” and “happy” A’myrikal on the head at her home in Springfield.
She was rushed to hospital where doctors battled to save her life on Thursday night but tragically could not be saved.
“I was in shock since 1.30 this morning. The fact that she didn’t make it crushed my soul.”
Ms Painter said she had known little A’myrikal since she was born.
“A’myrikal was a very happy baby,” she said. She just had these big beautiful eyes and a smile that would light up the room.”
The dog, which the family say was a female pocket bully – a pit bull and Patterdale terrier mix – was given to Sangamon County Animal Control.
Police are looking into the animal attack, but no charges have been brought at this time, the news outlet reported.