- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A pit bull fatally attacked a 4-year-old girl who was watching television in Houma and injured the girl’s mother when the woman pulled her daughter away, police said Wednesday.

Megan Touchet, 27, barricaded herself and her daughter, Mia Derouen, into a bedroom Tuesday evening and called 911. She handed her child out a second-floor apartment window to a rescue worker on a balcony, said Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis. Officers shot and killed the dog, which was still being aggressive, he said.

Duplantis did not know whether the girl was on a sofa or chair or on the floor when she was attacked.

The girl was bitten on the face and head, he said. Touchet remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Duplantis said officers answered a neighbor’s call about a disturbance about 7 p.m. They found Touchet in her bedroom and the dog still aggressive.

A second pit bull in the home was not aggressive, Duplantis said.

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