4 Year Old Boy Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack

HealthMike Wright

SANTA CLARITA -- A four-year-old LA County boy is hospitalized in stable condition after being bit in the back of the head by a pit bull.

Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Wright says the boy was playing with other children Saturday night outside his apartment complex in Santa Clarita when the dog approached and bit him at the base of his skull.

Wright described the bites as "severe."

The boy was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Sheriff's officials say he is in stable condition Sunday.

The pit bull's owner gave the dog to deputies, who turned it over to animal control authorities.

Authorities say the owner could face charges.

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