Houma, LA (WGNO) — A four year old girl is dead and her mother injured after their pet pit bull turned on them, according to Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis.
Officers were called to the Houma Highland apartments on South Hollywood Road Tuesday evening because of a disturbance.
"Upon arrival officers learned that a large pit bull had attacked a female child inside an apartment and when the mother fought the dog off her child the dog attacked her," Duplantis said in a statement.
The mother, Megan Touchet, 27, was able to get away from the pit bull and barricade her daughter and herself in a bedroom where she screamed for help.
The four year old girl has been identified as Mia Derouen. She suffered facial and head injures from the attack and was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center where she later died.
Touchet also received moderate injures when she fought the dog off her child.
Officer used lethal force to subdue the pit bull, they say was acting in a "very vicious manner."
Animal control officers said a second pit bull was also removed from the apartment, but was not injured.
The investigation is continuing and further information will be released.