Three large dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old boy who climbed over a neighbor's backyard fence to visit an 8-year-old girl. The girl tried to save him by punching the animals in the face and covering him with her body.

Jordan Schwarze went to Jessie Cocker's house Thursday evening, but she told him to leave because her parents weren't home, investigators said.The boy then climbed the 7-foot fence and jumped down onto a child's playhouse used to house the two mastiffs and a Saint Bernard. As Jessie again warned Jordan to go home, one of the dogs attacked. She ran to him, hitting the animals in their snouts and covering him with her own body.

"She was covered head to foot in blood," said police officer A.L. Gooch. "One dog attacked, and the other two joined in. She tried, she sure tried, to get those dogs off. It was tough for her."

Jordan's chest was punctured at least twice, and he was bitten in the neck and left arm, police said. He died at a hospital.