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Family dogs kill toddler and baby, injure mother in Tennessee

The children, a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, were attacked Wednesday in Shelby County. The two pit bulls responsible were euthanized.

A 2-year-old girl and a 5-month-old baby died Wednesday after they were attacked by two family dogs, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives identified the children as Lillie and Hollace Bennard.

Their mother, Kirstie Bennard, was also injured in the attack north of Memphis around 3:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Lillie and Hollace were pronounced dead at the scene, it said.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday that the mother’s condition had been upgraded and that she was now stable. Officials earlier described her as being in critical condition.

The two pit bulls responsible were euthanized Thursday by Memphis Animal Services, the sheriff’s office tweeted.

"This is still under active investigation," sheriff's office spokesperson John Morris said Thursday.