updated 4/14/2010 5:57:33 PM ET 2010-04-14T21:57:33

A pit bull terrier fatally mauled a 7-day-old Florida baby as the child apparently lay next to his sleeping teenage mother, authorities said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey says the boy was attacked Wednesday and died shortly after.

Neighbors told the St. Petersburg Times the 16-year-old mother didn't discover her son was dead until a neighbor knocked on the mother's door and woke her around noon. They said mom answered the door, then turned around and saw what had happened to her newborn son.

Neighbors said the dog belongs to the baby's father. It was taken away by county animal services.

New Port Richey is a suburb about a half hour north of Tampa.

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