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The attack happened in Flatbush, Brooklyn, at around 10.45pm EST (3.45am BST). According to New York Daily News, the boy had been left at home while his father went to work.
He was being watched over by two older brothers, aged 11 and nine.
Whilst the father was out the family’s rottweiler launched a brutal assault in the ground floor apartment.
After the dog attacked the child, his siblings ran out into the street to seek help.
They managed to flag down a passing car, with an occupant then rescuing the toddler from the apartment.
Police arrived on the scene and found the baby “bleeding heavily”, with bite marks on his neck and shoulders.
He later died at Maimonides Hospital, around a 15-minute drive from the apartment.
The boys’ parents were interrogated by police, seeking to determine whether any laws had been broken.
Police sources told the New York Post no arrests had been made, as of Wednesday morning.
The rottweiler which launched the attack was taken away by Animal Care and Control.
Officers were reportedly informed by the 11-year-old boy that he’d previously been attacked by the dog.
Earlier this month New York mayor Bill de Blasio released crime figures for the city, covering July.
They revealed murdered fell by 50 percent, with gun arrests increasing by around the same amount.
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The mayor said: “We saw a perfect storm of problems, challenges, crises all hitting together in 2020 like nothing we have ever seen in our lives.
“But we are fighting back, we are coming back strong.”
Separately, Andrew Cuomo resigned as New York governor following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
He will be replaced by Lt Governor Kathy Hochul, the first woman to hold the position.
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An independent investigation, led by the New York Attorney General’s office, concluded Mr Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.
They were allegedly targeted with groping, kissing without consent and lewd comments.
Mr Cuomo continues to strongly deny the allegations and has “deeply, deeply” apologised to any women he offended.
However he added: “The best way I can help now is if I step aside.”
Mr Cuomo had come under pressure from his fellow Democrats to resign, including President Biden.
He continues to face a criminal investigation in relation to the accusations.
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