VICTORVILLE  (AP) — Authorities say a toddler found nearly naked in a rainy California park was protected by a pack of dogs.

A Victorville police sergeant called to Brentwood Park found the 2-year-old in the rain Wednesday morning. He was wearing only a dirty diaper and was surrounded by seven dogs.

Police say they seemed protective of the boy. During their investigation, police said a dog tried to bite a sergeant and was shot. The dog is recovering.

After the toddler was scooped up, authorities found his home around the corner. The door was open, and the boy’s mother was sleeping inside.

Police say she apparently didn’t know the toddler had left.

The 26-year-old mom was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. The boy and two other young children were released to their father.

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Comments (5)
  1. Of course they had to shoot one of the dogs.

  2. No good deed goes unpunished, even for dogs.

  3. Why do cops always seem to shoot dogs?

  4. They are trigger happy. Why was the mom arrested if this was an accident?

  5. Laura Gojara says:

    Suspicion of child cruelty?? How, what, what?? As much as I’d like to stick up for the mom I just cant except for to say that it happens. Not to this extent, but I’m pretty sure every parent out there has had a child escape at least once. It does not excuse the fact that the door wasn’t completely secured as she did have 2 other children and this probably happened before. What I’m more concerned with here is the fact that an officer shot his gun within feet I’m assuming of this 2 year old child. What is this need to kill everything?? Did the dog go after the officer to bite him or while the officer was reaching for the child?? Where was the animal control officers why werent they on scene after all they are trained for dealing with aggressive animals and they have tranquilizer darts they could’ve used instead of bullets. Hell they can even have diffused the situation with dog treats who’s to say. Lastly, what exactly was the child cruelty on the part of the mother?? I don’t get it.

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