3-month-old in Edgemere dies after being bitten by family dog; Infant left sleeping in swing is later found on floor by parents; BALTIMORE CITY/COUNTY


A 3-month-old Edgemere infant died over the weekend after his parents found him lying on the floor next to his swing seat with bites from at least one of the family's three dogs, Baltimore County police said.

The state medical examiner's office ruled Saturday that the baby's death was accidental, prompting police to rule out a criminal investigation, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime.

Police said the infant's parents placed him in a baby swing at 11: 35 p.m. Friday in the living room of the apartment in the 7300 block of North Dakota Ave., where he fell asleep. The child's parents went to sleep in another room, said Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

"The parents expected the child to wake up at midnight for his regular feeding," said Warehime. At 2: 25 a.m. Saturday, "they found the child nonresponsive on the floor and they called police."

The child was rushed to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. of what the medical examiner later said was "trauma to the head."

The child suffered "dog bites to the upper half of the body," Warehime said.

All three dogs -- a chow and two dachshunds -- were placed in the county's animal shelter.

Animal Control officials "will decide on the disposition," said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County.

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