Caldwell County toddler mauled to death

The Associated Press

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LENOIR — Authorities say a 1-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by a Rottweiler while playing in the yard at his grandfather’s house in Caldwell County.

The sheriff’s office said Nyhiem Wilfong and his brother were playing in the yard Sunday. Ervin Patterson said he was asleep on the sofa when he heard his 5-year-old grandson screaming about the dog attack.

Investigators said the boy suffered serious injuries to his head and face.

The sheriff’s office, which said the dog was seized by animal control, also said it will forward its investigation to the district attorney’s office’s to determine if charges will be filed.