A toddler suffered serious injuries after his family's 50-pound Boxer was carrying him in his mouth in Plant City.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say Detective Jeffrey Harris was talking to the business owner about a car theft Tuesday morning when they saw the dog carrying something. As they approached the dog, they saw the child. Harris yelled and the dog dropped the child and ran.
In a news release, sheriff's officials identified the child as Michael Diaz who turns 2 next month.
Officials say the business owner ran to the child's home and found his mother. The boy was flown to Tampa General Hospital. Officials say he suffered serious injuries.
The sheriff's office reports the dog belongs to the boy's family.
An investigation is underway.