Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pit bull attacks neighbor who wanted car moved

By Lori Monsewicz, Canton Rep

A woman was attacked by her next-door neighbor’s pit bull when she went to ask the neighbors to remove their car from her driveway, Canton police reports said.

The 40-year-old woman was taken Tuesday afternoon from her home in the 800 block of Bedford Avenue NW by Canton Fire Department paramedics to Aultman Hospital. She was treated for severe bite wounds to her face and arms, the reports said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that the woman was treated and released later.

Deputies with the Stark County Dog Warden’s Office retrieved the dog.

Kathy Russell of the dog warden’s office confirmed the dog, a male pit bull, is being quarantined at the dog warden’s office. His owner has not claimed him, she said.

Update September 17, 2010 10:05am - The following article is by Lori Monsewicz, Canton Rep:

Video: Woman recalls attack by neighbor's pit bull

Daniela Sexton came home from work to find her next-door neighbor’s car in her driveway. She went to ask him to move it.

She never got the chance.

When she knocked on the neighbor’s door Tuesday, a large pit bull barreled out, pushing open the unlatched screen door and ripping into the side of her left leg, Sexton said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that the woman was treated and released later.
She put up her arms to cover her neck and face, she said. The dog released her leg and grabbed her arm, shaking and jerking it down.

“And then he went for my face,” she recalled, moving her gauze-covered arm toward her face. “He clamped down and he wouldn’t let go. The dog was just hanging on my face. ... I’ll never forget that.”

One of several young men inside the house came out onto the now-bloodied porch, grabbed the dog and took it inside.

Sexton said she is certain that if he hadn’t come when he did, and had she moved again, “the dog would’ve ripped my whole face off.”

Canton Fire Department paramedics and police were called to her neighbor’s house in the 800 block of Bedford Avenue NW along with the Stark County Dog Warden’s Office, which retrieved the canine. The Canton Health Department, which tracks dog bites, also was notified.


A spokeswoman at the health department said the incident remained under investigation Thursday.

No one has been charged.

The dog remained at the dog warden’s office on Mahoning Road NE, said Dog Warden Reagan Tetreault.

“The dog is here and under quarantine, and the whole thing is under investigation,” she said.

Sexton said she had worried about the dog even as she was being treated at Aultman Hospital for the injuries it inflicted.

“I like dogs. I like animals, you know...  It just hurts,” she said.


The dog had ripped open a blood vessel inside her leg and gashed her face so deeply that she now sports stitches inside her mouth. The dog’s teeth and claws tore into the side of her face up to the area above her left ear.

Sexton said the Aultman nurses told her that, had she not been wearing eyeglasses, the dog would have damaged her eye socket. And had she not covered her neck with her arms, “(the dog) would have killed me,” she said.

On Thursday afternoon, she talked about more doctor visits and worried about how well she would heal.

“I can’t feel my face,” she said. “It’s like it’s paralyzed. I feel my hand, and I feel my leg, I just can’t feel my face. I don’t want this to ever happen to anybody else. People need to understand that if it didn’t happen to me, it would have happened to somebody else.”

Sexton, who works in the Repository’s mailroom, has lived in her home for 10 years. Her neighbors, who rent their house, “haven’t lived there very long.”

An attempt to reach the dog owner Thursday was not successful.

Sexton’s boyfriend, Mike Satterfield, said he would be concerned about anyone walking up to the house.

“Just think if kids were selling candy or something and knocked on the door to that house,” he said. “It’s not safe to knock on anybody’s door. It looks like Canton is just getting worse. You’re not safe in Canton anymore.”


Update September 28, 2010 5:03pm - The following article is by Lori Monsewicz, Canton Rep:

1 of 2 men wanted in pit bull attack is arrested

One of two men wanted on charges stemming from a Sept. 14 pit bull attack has been arrested.

Darrell T. Parker, 23, of 829 Bedford Ave. NW, surrendered Tuesday morning to authorities at Canton Municipal Court, said city Prosecutor Ty Hauritz.

Parker and 25-year-old Leroy Rolland III, both of 829 Bedford Ave. NW, were wanted on charges of felony failure to restrain a vicious dog and no dog liability insurance, according to Hauritz.

Ohio law requires anyone who owns a pit bull to maintain at least $100,000 liability insurance per dog.

Bond for Parker was set at $5,000. A court hearing has been set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Hauritz said.

Rolland remained at large.

Their neighbor, Daniela Sexton, suffered severe injuries to her face, head, arm and leg when attacked by a pit bull. She had knocked on her neighbors’ front door to ask them to move their car from her driveway, police and Sexton have said.

The dog tore through a screen door and ripped into her leg, she said. As her arms moved to cover her face and neck, the dog grabbed one of her arms, then grabbed her head and face.

“He clamped down, and he wouldn’t let go. The dog was just hanging on my face,” she said.

A young man from inside the house pulled the dog from her and took it back into the house.

A deputy with the Stark County Dog Warden’s Office retrieved the dog and took it to the pound to place it under quarantine. The dog remained at the warden’s office Tuesday.


Update December 14, 2010 10:27pm - The following article is from The Repository:
Stark County grand jury for Dec. 14

A Stark County grand jury has indicted a man on charges stemming from a pit bull attack in September.

Darrell T. Parker, 23, of 829 Bedford Ave. NW, is charged with failure to restrain a dangerous or vicious dog and not having dog liability insurance. The first charge is a felony; the second is a misdemeanor.

If convicted, Parker faces up to 11⁄2 years in prison.

The case is assigned to Common Pleas Judge Taryn L. Heath.

Police have said Parker’s next-door neighbor, Daniela Sexton, suffered serious injuries to her face, head, arm and leg when attacked by a pit bull that lived at Parker’s home.

A grand jury ruled there was not enough evidence to indict two other men initially charged in connection with the case.

Leroy J. Rolland, 25, of 772 15th St. SE in Massillon, and Ronaldo R. Siler, 25, of the Bedford Avenue NW, residence, each faced a charge of failure to restrain a vicious dog.

1 comment:

    one) that Darrell T. Parker II, 23, of 829 Bedford Ave. NW DOESN'T EVEN LIVE at that address (I hope you properly inform people)
    Two) he LEASED the house to the OWNER of the dog and the other room mate.
    Three) the OWNER OF THE DOG AND THE ROOM MATE WHO'S CAR WAS IN THE DRIVEWAY (the man who was HOME WITH THE DOG) were let off on all charges, I see you did not include that. Must not have FIT YOUR BAD GUY STORY. However the HOME OWNER could NOT get the insurance for the DOG as it were because he was not an OWNER OF THE DOG. So WHEN YOU WANT TO EXILE SOME ONE as a BAD PERSON perhaps you should look at the facts. Because the person who I'd paying for all of this is innocent and your crappy website BLASTING HOS NAME AND WHEREABOUTS with OUT FACTS have sentenced and labeled him. We reap what we sew.


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