Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baby suffers critical injuries after pit bull attack inside home


By Andre Dykes, from WBTV

A child was severely injured in a dog attack inside a west Charlotte home Tuesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. at 5201 Pinebrook Drive and involved a pit bull dog in the home, the police report said.

The 1-year-old girl suffered "severe lacerations" and was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main with life-threatening injuries where she immediately underwent surgery.

Tuesday night, the child's condition was upgraded from life-threatening to critical.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the dog's owner voluntarily surrendered the dog to animal control officers and the owner cooperated with police.

The CMPD's Youth and Family Services Division is investigating the case due to the severity of the child's injuries.

Investigators have not said if any charges will be filed against the dog's owner, or what circumstances led to the baby being attacked.

Update: September 14, 2011 - The following article is by Amy Cowman, from WCNC:

Pit bull mauls 1-year old baby girl

A 1-year- old girl is in critical condition Tuesday after being mauled by a pit bull.

It happened Tuesday around 5:30 in the evening at a house in West Charlotte.

Debra Spann lives just a couple houses down on Pinebrook Drive from where the 1- year- old baby girl was attacked by a pit bull. She was home and saw the aftermath in the street.

“It was really very emotional to watch, very. Just so sad,” Spann said. "There was a lady very hysterical, and she was like ‘I couldn't get him off of her,’" said Spann.

Spann says she saw the mother run out with the baby while another woman called the ambulance.

"They had towels around her neck so I can only assume the dog grabbed her by the neck, but it was really an awful scene to hear all these ladies screaming hysterical,"added Spann.

According to the neighbors, the home belongs to the mother's boyfriend's parents and they were over there visiting.

A police report says the mother is Janae Johnson. She lives in apartments of Fernwood where neighbor Sean Carter says he's just seen her in passing with the 1 -year -old baby girl and another young child.

"Typical mother. Very protective, making sure she doesn't go down the stairs wrong you know, "said Carter.

According to police, doctors operated on the baby Tuesday night, and she is still in critical condition.

As for the dog, it was taken away by Animal Control. In fact, Spann says she believes they might have had seven or eight pit bulls at the house.

"They actually had a total of six Animal Control vans and I know for a fact they filled three of them," said Spann.

Now she's just praying for the baby and that it doesn't happen again.

"I hope this will bring attention to people concerning animal control and safety even in your own home because sometimes things can turn tragic," said Spann.

Update: September 15, 2011 - The following article is from WSOCTV:

Child seriously injured after being attacked by dog

A 1-year-old child has life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a dog.

Police said the child was visiting a home in the 5200 block of Pinebrook Drive in west Charlotte Tuesday evening when the homeowner's pit bull charged her inside the home.

A police report said the child suffered "severe lacerations."

Police, medics, and multiple animal control officers arrived on scene, according to neighbors.

"My daughter said her neck appeared to be covered in blood, and the dog had blood on his face as well ... she didn't so much as whimper. I assume she was really in shock," said Deborah Spann.

Animal Control officers seized the dog from the property while the girl was taken by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center Main.

Other residents said it is not the first time the pit bull has escaped.

"I saw the dog escape out," said Pyxa Vongxay.

Vongxay lives across the street from the home and said the pit bull had attacked another dog on in the neighborhood.

"I hope they'll be able to understand the point of being able to secure their dogs properly," another resident said.



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