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Jasper girl in stable condition at Children's of Alabama after dog attack (Updates)

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Update 10:00 PM

Jasper Police tell us a 5-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull near her home on Preston Avenue. Neighbors who saw it happen tell us, her injuries were brutal: her face, ears, and skull were severely damaged. 
Police here on the scene say she is in stable condition. She has been transported by Air Vac to Children's of Alabama. Neighbors are telling us, this was a family pet. They aren't sure why the dog  began attacking her. They said the dog has never acted vicious before.
One of the neighbors who saw it happen told me the young girl had just been by to visit her. She said she saw her walk back towards her house and sit down and started reading a Bible they gave her. Just a short time later, they heard her scream for help. 

Right now, we're told the pit bull is being quarantined. There's no word yet on what will happen to the dog.

Update 8:47 p.m.

ABC 33/40 reporter Sarah Snyder has learned through the Jasper Police Department that the little girl is in stable condition at Children's of Alabama after being attacked by her brother's pit bull. The dog has since been quarantined. Police say the dog was up-to-date on its shots and vaccinations.

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Update 8:06 p.m.

ABC 33/40 has learned the victim is a young girl and she is en route to Children's of Alabama. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Original:

A child in Jasper was seriously injured in a dog attack Friday night, police said on its Twitter page.

According to Regional Paramedical Services, the victim was being airlifted to the hospital from the National Guard Armory off of Highway 69 after being found unresponsive near Preston Avenue. Jasper police were assisting at the scene.

ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.

Updated Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. to correct the victim's age.

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