The child and his 24-year-old mother were visiting her friend, who owned the three dogs, on the 900 block of Edwardsville Road, Felton, Del. Wednesday.
The women, who were inside the home, watched from a window as the boy played outside while the pit bulls -- pets the 4-year-old knew his entire life -- were nearby, according to investigators.
The Felton, Del. home was the scene of a fatal pit bull attack Wednesday.
Then in an instant, the seemingly tranquil scene ended when the pit bulls suddenly attacked the boy around 4 p.m., according to police.
His mother immediately ran outside to save her son while her friend called 911. But the dogs began biting the mom and continued to maul the boy, according to authorities.
Two HVAC repairman who were working at the home saw the attack, rushing over to help the mom and son. The men even used PVC piping to try to push the dogs away from the child
EMS and Delaware State Troopers soon responded to the scene and immediately began first aid on the boy, but they were unsuccessful. The child was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The boy’s mother was taken to Kent General Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries.
Authorities put down the three dogs.
Officials have not yet revealed the name of the young boy pending notification of next of kin. They continue to investigate the incident.