The grieving mother of an eight-month-old boy mauled to death by a family dog has released a photo of the infant sitting beside the animal just before what she called became a ‘tragic accident.’ Sitting up, smiling, with a hand extended toward the sleeping dog’s face, a newly released photo of baby Tyzhel McWilliams paints a far different picture of the family dog named Zulu, at least through the baby’s mother’s eyes. ‘Never in my life I thought that would happen,’ Tyzhel’s mother of San Diego, California who wished to be unnamed told UT San Diego. Protective, friendly, the words she used to describe the brown and white pit pull euthanized Tuesday after one fatal bite to the child’s head ended his life last Thursday while the boy crawled across the floor. It just happened so quickly,’ she said of the incident that took place just before 5pm while the single mom talked in a separate room with her roommate – the owner of not only Zulu, but two other male pit bulls in the home. During their time the dogs had killed two cats that had on separate incidents entered their fenced backyard, both the mother and roommate told UT San Diego. Aside from this the women said they had shown no extended aggression. They loved him from the beginning,’ the mother defended of the dogs’ relationship with her baby. Still, she says, she has learned from her mistake. ‘I guess not have dogs around the baby,’ she answered when asked what she’d have done differently. ‘But I really had no reason to think to treat the dog and baby differently,’ she said. Responding to calls from the mother’s home in Lemon Grove last week, police arrived at the property to find the mother clutching her injured child. He was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where he died a short while after.