Newark police say a child left alone at a city apartment was seriously mauled by two pit bulls, who were then shot by an officer when they charged at him.

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Det. Eugenio Gonzalez says officers went to the residence around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, after a neighbor reported hearing someone screaming for help.

Gonzalez says police broke down the apartment door and found the dogs mauling a 10-year-old child. The youth was taken a hospital and was listed in critical condition.

One of the pit bulls was critically injured in the shooting. Details on the other dog's condition were not immediately available.


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