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Mother speaks out after baby killed by pit bull

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

It's a tragic story we've been following. A pit bull attacks a baby girl, then the ambulance breaks down on the way to the hospital. Sadly, the baby died. Sunday, the newborn's mother spoke out for the first time.

Click on the video player to watch Alexis Wiley's report.

Tarilyn Luciana Bowles was Marciella Ramirez's first child. She loved her. She was with us just 3 short weeks before her life was stolen in what her mother calls a terrible tragedy. It happened Thursday evening inside a home on Detroit's west side where Marciella and her baby were staying with friends.

"I put my child to sleep after feeding her and set her down in the car seat like any mother would set her car seat on the floor," she said. "Because she didn't like her bouncy seat."

She says she saw no problem with that because she was nearby and the homeowner's 2 year old pit bull was not in the house. She says the dog was always either outside in the yard or locked in his kennel. But somehow the dog got into the house and within a matter of moments he attacked Tarilyn. It was more than any newborn could withstand. Sources tell Fox 2 the ambulance that was supposed to rush her to the hospital had engine trouble and couldn't go any faster than 40 miles an hour. Tarilynn was pronounced dead at the hospital. Maricella and the dog's owner say the attack came without warning and the dog never targeted any of the owner's children.

The pit bull is with animal control and is expected to be put down. The dog's owner tells me she has no problem with that. In the midst of her grief, Maricella wants other mothers to realize that attacks can happen within a matter of seconds and she prays that this doesn't happen to anyone else.

A funeral home has offered to pay for the funeral and the burial, but the family is raising money to buy a headstone. Police say this appears to be a tragic accident.

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