Jessamine County

Baby snatched from crib leaves hospital

The Jessamine County newborn who was taken from his crib by a family pet last month was discharged Sunday from University of Kentucky Hospital, according to the hospital's public relations office.

Alexander James Smith, born July 17, had been in the hospital since July 20. Dakota, one of the dogs belonging to his parents, Michael and Chrissie Smith, apparently snatched A.J. after his mother laid him down for a nap. The dog was later seen carrying the baby outside the home.

The infant suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a skull fracture. He was initially in critical condition.

The dog, a female wolf hybrid, was put in quarantine at the Jessamine County SAVE Center, the animal shelter in Nicholasville.

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