POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 4:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:57pm
NBC — A 5-year-old boy was killed when a 150-pound dog attacked him in Arkansas, where he was staying with family friends after a tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. last month, destroyed his family's home, authorities said.
The boy, whose name hasn't been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday after the dog attacked him about noon (1 p.m. ET) at a home in Jessieville, about 50 miles west of Little Rock, Garland County sheriff's deputies said.
The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying there while his parents worked to rebuild after a powerful tornado killed 24 people and injured almost 400 others May 20 in Moore, near Oklahoma City.
"To me, it's heartbreaking," Garland County sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa told NBC station KARK-TV of Little Rock. "I've got a 5-year-old daughter. You can't imagine what this family and friends are going through right now."
The dog's owner, Lynn Geiling, 50, a friend of the boy's parents, told investigators she tried to pull the dog off the boy but got there too late. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs with severe lacerations to his head and his neck.