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Coroner releases name of Windsor Twp. baby fatally mauled by family dog

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The baby who was fatally mauled by her family's dog has been publicly identified.

Nora Sharp, 19 months old, died of multiple injuries she suffered during the attack, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay, who has ruled the child's death an accident.

Nora's family said the dog was a mixed breed, Gay said.

Nora Sharp

It happened about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the girl's home on El Dorado Drive in Windsor Township, according to the coroner.

Police and medical first-responders were called to the home, after which Nora was rushed to York Hospital, officials have said.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:03 p.m., according to Gay, who said an autopsy was performed Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

York Area Regional Police are investigating, she said.

Nora was being watched by her parents when the attack happened, York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon has said.

The dog has been euthanized, he said.

About Nora: Nora loved bedtime stories, music and dancing, according to her obituary, which will be published in The York Dispatch on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The daughter of David and Carissa Sharp, she "was the center of attention in any room she entered," her obituary states.

In lieu of flowers, Nora's family is asking that donations be made in her name to the NICU Parent Support Group of York PA, a community support group.

The group is supported and run by local parents, community members and NICU nurses, according to York Hospital's website, and is "devoted to offering support to parents and caregivers of premature and special needs newborns." The group is independent of York Hospital.

To donate, make checks payable to York Hospital NICU Parent Support, and mail them to Sue Johnson, 230 Charles Circle, York PA 17406.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.