BAKER CITY, Ore. -- An entire town is in mourning after a pit bull attack led to the death of a local 5-year-old-boy.
Those who knew the toddler, along with the entire town of Baker City, are both saddened and shocked by the sudden young death.
School Superintendent Walt Wegener told KTVB an incident involving a dog took the kindergartner's life on Friday.
"He was dropped off for babysitting and ended up being taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead in the middle of the morning," said Wegener.
Due to Baker School District's four-days a week schedule for students, the child was not at school, but with a babysitter instead.
Baker City police are now investigating and won't release many details on the matter, but they did say that the death occurred at a home in the city and that a pit bull was involved.
"I'm sure whenever police are ready with their investigation, they will release more information to the media," said Wegener. "Right now, what we know is we lost one of our own and we need to take care of the rest of them."
There's no word yet on the owner of the dog, but the sheriffs office told KTVB that the dog had been impounded following the attack.
Wegener told KTVB that the school staff have been notified and counselors will be ready at the schools on Monday.