Bradenton, Florida -A pitbull attacked a 6-year-old boy on Sunday.

The child wasinside aBradenton home at1104 36th Avenue West. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says Tristan Starkey was bitten in the kitchen of the housewhile his step mother Tamara was doing laundry on the back porch.

Investigators say Tamara hit the dog to try to get the animal to release her child. Meanwhile, Tristan was airlifted to All Children's Hospital.A spokesperson for the hospital was not able toimmediately share details aboutTristan's injuries or his condition.

The pit bull, which is owned by Jeff Gregg,was taken toManatee County Animal Services pending the outcome of their investigation.

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