Bay Area boy, 6, fatally mauled by uncle's pit bull

UNION CITY — A 6-year-old San Francisco Bay Area boy died after he was attacked by a dog that belongs to his uncle, who is a police officer, authorities and a family spokesman said Tuesday.

The dog, described as a pit bull or pit bull mix, bit Nephi Selu of Dixon on top of his head Monday morning at his grandparents' home in Union City, police said.

Relative pulled the dog off the boy, said Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner.

Emergency crews took Nephi to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, where he was declared dead about 4 1/2 hours after he was mauled.

Family members told investigators the boy was playing with the dog and may have attempted to climb on its back when he was attacked, Horner said.

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