4-year-old killed by new family dog

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SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — A 4-year-old girl was killed and her mother wounded when they were attacked by their new dog, St. Joseph County authorities say.

It happened at 4:03 p.m. Sunday at the family’s home in the 63000 block of W. Fish Lake Road. That’s in Sherman Township, north of Sturgis.

The mother was injured while trying to protect the child. Deputies said the woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her head and hands.

Lillywhite said the family had just gotten the dog — initially believed to be a Doberman or Doberman mix — that attacked them. The family reportedly got the dog to replace another dog that has recently died.

Further details about the circumstances surrounding the attack were not immediately available.

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