Police shoot pit bulls as they attack child

Six-year-old Zainabou Drame remains in a medically-induced coma days after pit bulls mauled her in Westwood, police say.

“She is still in a coma and they expect her to wake up in a few days,” said Lt. Lisa Davis, acting public information officer for the Cincinnati Police Department.

Leslie McElrath Jr. was pulling up to his house on Aquadale Lane on Wednesday just before 6 p.m. when he heard gunshots.

He rushed out of the car to find the shots had come from police officers, aimed at two pit bulls that had viciously attacked his granddaughter.

“The pit bulls had my grandbaby by the face and they were dragging her up the street,” McElrath recalled Thursday. “My dog (Cappuccino) and her momma beat those dogs off my baby. That is how she is still alive.”

Authorities were “cautiously optimistic” she would survive, said Lt. Tim Brown.

Zainabou was playing with a group of children in the neighborhood when she ran off, police said. That was when the dogs, who live with their owner in the neighborhood, attacked her.

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