Friday, January 6, 2012
Images of Erin Ingram, her father and first responders on March 9 outside her home.
Lithonia, GA - On March 9, 2010, Erin Ingram, then 8-years old, was nearly mauled to death just outside her home by two pit bulls owned by a neighbor. The first responder images depict a grisly scene, and it was. In a rare event, a journalist sought out Erin's police report and published it online. Erin quickly underwent the amputation of the lower part of her left arm along with many other surgeries as doctors tried to stave off additional disfigurements and maimings.
The Criminal Trial
This week, the criminal trial of the dogs' owner, Twyann Vaughn, unfolded in a Decatur courtroom. Portions of segments were even recorded by the media. Jurors listened to the 911 call where Erin is heard screaming in the background. Tearful neighbors described how they could not get the pit bulls to let go of her. Vaughn was charged with two counts of reckless conduct, violation of the county's vicious dog ordinance and not having her pit bulls immunized for rabies.
Six "misdemeanors" to be exact.Jurors also heard testimony from Erin's father and the little girl herself. "I was screaming for help," she told the courtroom. Did you see anybody else around, the prosecutor asked? "No." What was going through your mind then? "That I was going to die," Erin said. Though not shown in the news video, jurors received an up-close, personal view of Erin's disfiguring injuries. Her father, Tommy Ingram, described his daughter's wounds as looking like "shredded meat."
I really can't put it into words ... To sit there and look at your child, you look at the arms and it looked like shredded meat.On Friday, the jury returned a guilty verdict after the defense called two witnesses who testified that the pit bulls were "extremely nice." Jurors deliberated just over 90 minutes. Judge Dax Lopez then sentenced Vaughn to 16 months in jail and 36 months on probation. Prosecutors had asked for four years in jail. The maximum penalty was five years, for six misdemeanors -- A "felony" provision after a life-threatening dog attack in the State of Georgia is likely light years away.
Now that the criminal trial is complete, DogsBite.org hopes that Erin and members of her family are able to heal in a way that was not possible before.
April Hunt, "Girl, who lost arm in DeKalb dog attack, saddled with nightmares," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 5, 2012 (www.ajc.com) URL:http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/girl-who-lost-arm-in-dekalb-dog-attack-saddled-wit/nQP7r/. Accessed: 2014-04-29. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6PCkWROFi)
April Hunt, "Jury: Woman guilty in DeKalb dog attack case," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 6, 2012 (www.ajc.com) URL:http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/jury-woman-guilty-in-dekalb-dog-attack-case/nQP9C/. Accessed: 2014-04-29. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6PCkmksZk)
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| 1/07/2012 12:19 PM |
the dogs were described as a pit mix and an amstaff. one of the dogs needed to be shot and the other ran off. we can see from the photo of the slightly smarter dog who had an iota of self preservation which one had to be shot.
VAUGHN must get REAL prison time out of this!
| 1/09/2012 10:33 AM |
DECATUR, Ga. -- Twyann Vaugh is supposed to report to the DeKalb County Jail by 8 a.m. on Monday [TODAY] to begin serving a 16-month sentence for violating Georgia's Vicious Dog Act...
| 1/09/2012 2:48 PM |
Why can Georgia Crackers manage to send this SCUM to jail, at the same time sending a message to all Georgia SCUM, and the prosecutors in City of Big Shoulders can't find their ass with both hands?
| 1/09/2012 7:03 PM |
I'm so happy she made it through alive. You're a strong little girl, Erin. I know what it's like to go through a dog attack and it's horrific. I hope you and your family get better soon! May your beautiful smile make a difference in many people's lives.