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4-Year-Old Attacked By Pit Bull At South Carolina Christmas Party

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File photo of a pit bull. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of a pit bull. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A 4-year-old Tennessee boy is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull dog at a family Christmas party in South Carolina.

Christopher Ranly was attacked at a party near Walterboro on Saturday and is recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Chris lives with his mother, Brandy and his 2-year-old sister in Greeneville, Tenn. His father, Chris Ranly works in South Carolina and sometimes sees his family only every few months.

The family was at an uncle’s home near Walterboro when the child picked up an apple and walked outside to eat it. That is when the pit bull attacked the child.

“All of a sudden people were running in, screaming that one of the babies had been mauled,” Brandy Ranly told the Hilton Head Island Packet. “That’s when I heard someone say ‘Christopher.’”

Brandy’s brother-in-law was able to save Christopher by prying the dog’s jaws open, according to the paper.

Christopher needed about 30 staples in his scalp and a drain for the wound.

Colleton County animal control officials say the dog’s owner did nothing wrong.

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