Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – A toddler is hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by the family dog Thursday night.

Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn says it happened on Essex near I-70 and Zumbehl in St. Charles County.

He says the 80-pound pit bull turned on the 22-month-old girl, and when the child’s grandmother tried to help she was also attacked.

Two other children went to get help.

“They ran next door, told the neighbor what happened, and the neighbor grabbed a steak knife and ended up stabbing the dog multiple times,” he says.

The 10-year-old dog survived, but has since been euthanized.

The girl suffered severe blood loss after numerous bites to the face, neck and body.

The grandmother lost parts of fingers on both her hands in the attack.

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