6-month-old killed by dog while with babysitter

A 6-month-old baby was killed after being attacked by a dog in Salisbury while at his babysitter's house, police said.

The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Wilson Road. Police said the babysitter sat the child in the living room and walked outside to clean the backseat of her car. The sitter, who has not been identified, told police she heard her mother scream and ran back inside where she found the boy being attacked by her boxer/pit bull mix.

"He killed a 6-month-old baby. I was shocked," said Lanyah Gaines, who lives in the area."I thought he just bit somebody grown."

The infant, 6-month-old Jacari Long, was taken to Novant Rowan and then airlifted to NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He passed away shortly after.

Rowan County Animal Control went to the house and took the dog.

"If my dog ever killed a six-month-old baby I would just put her down. I'm sorry to the mother and father. It's sad," Gaines said.

Salisbury police are continuing to investigate.