Pitbull Attack Leaves Girl, 9, Dead in Elmont

A 9-year-old Baldwin girl was fatally attacked by a Pitbull in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.

Two officers responded to a 911 call reporting a dog attacking a child in the backyard of a Holland Avenue home, where upon arrival, they found the dog attacking the victim, Amiyah Dunston, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

When a third officer walked through the house and opened the back door, the dog stopped attacking the girl and charged toward the officer, who fired several gunshots, killing the dog, police said.

The victim, who was visiting the home at the time of the incident, was taken to Franklin Hospital, where she died three hours later.

The owner of the dog, 29-year-old Carlyle Arnold of Elmont, was arrested on an unrelated charge of violation of an order of protection.