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SAN DIEGO - A toddler has been mauled to death by his family's dog in their home in a San Diego military housing area.

San Diego police say the 2-year-old boy was attacked in an upstairs bedroom Saturday front of some or all of his three 3- to 7-year old siblings while their mother was downstairs. The boy's father is a serviceman deployed overseas.

Police Lt. Rick O'Hanlon says investigators do not know what provoked the animal to attack the child.

He says there were no known previous problems with the 1½ year old shepherd mix that the family had owned for about six months.

Police say the dog has been secured and will be taken away by animal control officers.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,