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Toddler dies after Pit Bull bite at Fourth of July party

The Joliet Police Department report a toddler has died after being mauled by a pit bull early Sunday morning during a Fourth of July party.

Officers responded to a call Sunday to find a “unresponsive 17-month-old female with bite marks throughout her body,” Police reported.  It happened on the city’s far west side around 1:30 a.m.

The girl was pronounced dead in the emergency room at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the Coroner’s office.  The Will County Coroner’s Office identified the child as Marley Wilander of Aurora.

Marley’s autopsy showed “multiple injuries due to being wounded by a dog,” the Coroner’s office said.

According to reports, the girl was at her parent’s friend’s house for a Fourth of July party in a playpen in an upstairs bedroom while two pit bull mixed bull dogs were locked up in the basement during the party.

At some point in the night, a homeowner heard a noise and went to investigate to soon find a dog biting the toddler.  After removing the dog, they called 911.

The mauling death is now under investigation and the dog has been turned over to Animal Control.

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