8-month-old girl killed in dog attack at grandmother's home in Miramar

Police say pit bull was family pet

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - An 8-month-old girl was killed in a dog attack Wednesday in Miramar, police said.

The attack was reported at a home in the 2400 block of Kingston Drive.

"She was the best thing to ever happen to me," the baby's mother, Brenda Villasin, said. "We smiled every morning. She was my world."

Villasin identified her daughter as Liana Valino. 

Miramar police confirmed that the infant was killed by her family's pit bull while she was in the care of her grandmother. The baby was sitting on a bouncy chair in a bedroom when she was killed, police said. 

Sky 10 was above the scene at 12:30 p.m. as authorities had the home blocked off with crime scene tape. Animal control vans were parked outside the home.

A woman was seen speaking with detectives.

Police said the pit bull that attacked Liana is between 3 to 4 years old. The dog was removed from the home by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division, as well as two other dogs at the home, police said.

"Children play and sometimes dogs don't understand that," one neighbor, Jackie Knapp, said. 

Villasin said she drops her daughter off at the grandmother's home every day so she can go to work, but she never thought something like this would happen.

Neighbors stopped by the home Wednesday afternoon to drop off a teddy bear and candle in honor of Liana, which Villasin took with her. 

It's unclear whether the dog that killed Liana will be euthanized. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for Liana's funeral expenses. 

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