(KUTV) — A baby girl was hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after she was mauled by a pit bull in San Diego, according to police, as reported by FOX 5.
The two-month old infant, identified as Jemma-Linda, sustained a cracked cranium, an injury to her eye and a puncture wound to her brain, said her older sister, Taiylein Gonzalez.
Jemma-Linda was taken to Rady Children's Hospital, where she went through surgery that evening, FOX 5 reported.
"She has a cracked cranium and they have to do a brain scan and her eye is kind of torn in the inside," Taiylein said.
According to Gonzalez, the pit bull belongs to a family friend who was visiting. Gonzalez told FOX 5 the baby was in the back yard with her mother and the dog's owner when the attack happened.
The pit bull had never shown signs of aggression toward people, Gonzalez said.
"My stepdad told me that when he came in," Gonzalez said. "Alex was on top of the dog trying to open his mouth, but my mom was holding the baby and he was trying to open the mouth of the dog."
According to Gonzalez, the family friend signed papers to have his 18-month-old pit bull euthanized, FOX 5 reports. The dog's owner is reportedly devastated by the attack.
"He feels really guilty," Gonzalez said. "He blames himself. I do feel like it was a responsible decision for him to make, only because of the situation that happened and you don't want to see it happen again."
A Go Fund Me campaign was launched to help the family pay for her hospital bills.
"Our entire family is completely heart broken," the campaign states. "Even if you can't donate today please take time to pray for her full recover and future."