Dog Kills Indiana Woman Who Fell From Chair With Grandchild

MATTHEWS, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was killed by a pit bull that attacked her after she fell from a chair while holding her 3-year-old granddaughter, authorities said.

Kathleen Bertram, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday after the dog attacked her in her son's home in the Grant County town of Matthews, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

Bertram’s daughter told sheriff's deputies she and her mother were in the living room when Bertram sat down in an uneven chair, causing her to fall to the floor as she was holding her granddaughter, WISH-TV reported.

When the child began crying after the fall, the family's pit bull ran into the living room and attacked Bertram, biting her in the neck, police said.

Police and medics soon arrived and began CPR on Bertram, but she was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of her injury, said Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey.

An autopsy was pending. A message was left Thursday for Dorsey by The Associated Press seeking the autopsy's findings.

Following Monday's attack, the pit bull was still acting aggressively. Members of the Marion Animal Control used a tranquilizer to sedate the dog and then removed it from the home.