5-year-old boy severely injured in dog attack

SILVERDALE, Wash. -- A 5-year-old boy was severely injured in a dog attack near Silverdale Tuesday and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, Kitsap County sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson said.

Two Rottweilers were involved in the attack in the 5000 block of NW Apex Road, west of Silverdale, where the dogs lived, the sheriff's office said.

The dogs have been turned over to the custody of Kitsap Animal Rescue.

Officials said this was an unfortunate accident. The boy's mother was watching the dogs for someone else.

Investigators said the boy was playing with the animals when one of them attacked. The boy's mother laid on her son to protect him and was bitten as well, officials said.

Authorities originally identified the child as a girl, but later said the victim was a boy.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.