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Rottweiler kills N.C. toddler

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 5, 2006


SNOW HILL, N.C. - A Rottweiler dug his way out of a pen and mauled a toddler before the dog was shot to death by sheriff's deputies.

Two-year-old Julius Graham wandered into the yard next to his grandparents' house when he was met by the dog. "He got excited and the dog reacted," said Nina Estrada, a cousin of the boy's mother.

The boy died at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

Officers killed the dog after it acted aggressively toward them. It was unclear if charges would be filed against the dog's owners, who were out of town.

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