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Updated Mar 19, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Police: Tempe infant mauled by her family's dog

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Authorities say a Tempe infant is in critical condition after reportedly being mauled by her family's dog.

Police say the 9-month-old child was mauled at approximately 1 p.m. after being left alone for a brief time Tuesday afternoon.

"She is in extremely critical condition right now from the dog bite to her head," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

When the mother found the girl bleeding with the 95-pound, 8-year-old Akita sitting next to her, she immediately picked up her child and attempted to drive her to a hospital.

The woman got into an accident with another vehicle at the intersection of Dobson and Guadalupe roads, waved down another car and got the infant to Banner Desert Hospital.

Police say the child was treated at the pediatric emergency room for severe head injuries.

Tempe detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, including the disposition of the dog.

"This isn't the first time that this has happened in this family," said Pooley. "Two years ago, this same dog bit one of their other daughters who was, at the time, 8 years old. It bit her in the face, which she needed to receive stitches for."

Police haven't released the name of the mother or child.

They are also looking for any information to identify the two drivers that transported the mother and child to the hospital during this traumatic incident. Anybody with information is asked to call the Tempe Police Department at (480) 350-8311.

KTAR's Lexi Monaghan contributed to this story.

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