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Dog That Killed Mira Mesa Baby Has Been Put Down

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San Diego County Animal Services released this photo of a Mira Mesa family's dog that bit a 3-day-old boy, who died from the wounds on April 21, 2016.

A dog that killed its owners' newborn son at their Mira Mesa home last week was put to death Wednesday at the behest of the grieving family.

The parents of 3-day-old Sebastian Caban were watching television in bed with him Thursday evening when the mother coughed, apparently startling their Great Dane-pit bull mix, according to San Diego police.

The animal lunged and bit the child on the head. After making several 911 calls that did not immediately go through, the couple rushed their son to UCSD Thornton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The county Department of Animal Services took custody of the 2-year-old canine, a neutered male named Polo. He was placed under a 10-day rabies quarantine, as is standard when dogs turn on people.

The canine was euthanized early Wednesday afternoon at the request of Sebastian's parents, DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa said.

Prior to the fatal attack, the animal had no reported history of aggression, DeSousa said.

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