An 18-month-old Santa Ana girl was in serious condition Monday with face and head wounds after the family's 90-pound pit bull attacked her, police said.
The attack occurred after the child's mother, Nhouka Vange, 24, stepped out of the room where the youngster was playing shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. They don't know what provoked the 7-year-old dog, named Brownie.
Vange raced back into the room when the child cried out, but she already had suffered several deep cuts and puncture wounds to her head, said Capt. Anthony Espinosa, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Fire Department.
Paramedics arrived at the home in the 4900 block of West Acapulco Avenue and took her to the hospital.
The toddler, whose name was withheld, suffered serious damage to her right eye, Espinosa said, and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she underwent reconstructive surgery.